Liverpool’s domestic invincibility contrasted with their result away to off-form Atletico Madrid last night. Domestically imperious PSG fared no better in Dortmund. In Europe, even for the reigning champions, away ties are difficult.
Copenhagen manager, Stale Solbakken, sounded far from confident this week when discussing his team’s chances against Celtic, but tomorrow night, 38,000 people will make the Parken Stadium as intimidating an environment as we have visited this season.
Solbakken noted the success Celtic are having with playing three at the back. His game plan will be based on exploiting this formation. The tactical hierarchy is not absolute. Better systems emerge, are nullified and decline. Neil Lennon changed formation a back four at Pittodrie on Sunday when we were unable to play through Aberdeen. We could see the same change mid-game tomorrow.
Some of us will remember a 2001 visit to Scandanavia, when Rosenborg knew a front three would beat Celtic’s 3-5-2 formation. Martin O’Neill was not one for varying tactics.