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Treat Benfica as though they were Barca

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After two highly productive performances against Barcelona confidence will be high, but it is worth remembering that Benfica earned a 0-0 draw at Celtic Park on Champions League match day one, and will have no fears for Tuesday.

After that game in September Celtic were favourites to finish bottom of the group.  Barca managed a slim 3-2 at home to Spartak after a late surge, placing them top of the group while the Russians were rightly encouraged.  Benfica earned a valuable away point without being greatly troubled by Celtic.  Indeed, the half time video analysis from the Uefa technicians looped repeatedly on one incident, a Benfica penalty claim.

That scenario has changed.  Celtic sit second top but a win would see Benfica match them on points and go second on the head-to-head.   Make no mistake, despite Celtic’s heroics against Barcelona, Benfica expect to be second in the group on Tuesday evening.  They are rightly favourites.

We are now tantalisingly close to the knock out stages of the Champions League but two of the most difficult games of the season lie ahead.  The best thing Celtic can do is show Benfica as much respect as they showed Barcelona.  Benfica are not quite as dangerous as the Catalans but they are more than capable of exploiting any gaps in the Celtic defence.  Treat them as Barcelona-lite and we might even collect our second win in this tournament away from home.

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  1. Len Brennan

     

    13:09 on

     

    15 November, 2012

     

    Tallybhoy

     

     

    12:32 on 15 November, 2012

     

     

    So the huns are going to serve injunctions against sites that are ‘anti-them?!’

     

    That rules out all the MSM then..

  2. philvisreturns

     

     

    I tend to have lunch 11.30-12.30, I surf a few Celtic related MB’s in the hour, wasting valuable surfing time scolling through ‘podium’ bollix is an irritation.

  3. The result last was massive for us in two ways.

     

    We beat Barcelona and won 3 points meaning they can’t field a second team in Moscow as they still might need the points.

  4. Paul McC.

     

    I wish to confirm that I have not received an “injunction” nor even, as we are in Scotland, an interdict from Rangers Football Club Ltd.

  5. No mattrer, Philvis.

     

    You still qualified for the ME, ME PODIUM.

     

     

    The Clydebank version goes to Miki67.

     

    ( Thumbs Up.)

  6. I wish to confirm that I have not received an “injunction” nor even, as we are in Scotland, an interdict from The Rangers Football Club Ltd.

  7. Z posted that Spartak are in turmoil,Barca beating them will guarantee 3rd place,which I would have took before a ball was kicked.Benfica will feel the heat if we can keep it tight for 30 minutes,same team as last week possibly Brown in if he is fit enough.

  8. I think newhuns themselves were in danger of being the defendants in a class action lawsuit until it was discovered that they have no class.

  9. Afternoon CQN

     

     

    agreed Paul, we need to show respect, but we also need to have a similar attaking intent as we had against Moscow away. Hit them on the break and defend in 2 solid banks of four. We are one disciplined performance away from last 16.

     

     

    We also need to turn up at Pittodrie , and get the win to get us back on track in the league.

     

    Hopefully we will have a few guys back fit and Neil will have the team ready to go. Should be a good game with aberdeen fancing their chances.

     

     

    Finally anyone know how long the agm normally lasts starts at 10:30 tomorrow , ?

  10. Green Lantern (((((0))))) on

    Philvis. Crazy Ivan reminds me of one of my favourite Shir Shean lines.

     

     

    ” Today we shail into hishtory”

  11. It might come doon te the toss o’ the coin in which case I trust Big Billy will choose right!

     

     

    Signed … lost in a time vaccum :)

  12. a score draw guarantees us European football after Christmas. We are 3 points ahead of Benfica, a score draw gives us a better head to head and they can’t finish above us, that’ll do for me

  13. What is required are 2 disciplined performances in the last 2 CL games, and a minimum of 2 points.

     

     

    Two draws or a win and even a defeat will see us through to the last 16.

     

     

    It’s all in our own hands.

     

     

    Also looking forward to a good performance against Aberdeen – and 3 points – to set us up for the trip to Lisbon.

     

     

    HH!!

  14. In my first post I’d like to give a big hail!hail! to Celticrollercoaster for picking me up at the airport last wednesday ahead of a momentous day in Paradise

     

    I couldn’t resist sharing thisadvert from the london underground…do you think there will be a queue??

     

     

    http://i47.tinypic.com/mkkvhj.jpg

     

     

    I can also confirm I haven’t been the subject of an injunction or interdict these past years.

     

    Must be a hun….

  15. Paul

     

     

    if you bump into Mr Lawell and he’s looking for replacement for Howat, tell him to call me

  16. socrates

     

    13:32 on

     

    15 November, 2012

     

    a score draw guarantees us European football after Christmas. We are 3 points ahead of Benfica, a score draw gives us a better head to head and they can’t finish above us, that’ll do for me

     

     

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

     

     

    You are quite right – thanks for pointing that out!

     

     

    HH!!

  17. Charles Green has been confirmed as the man to lead China for the next decade.

     

     

    Mr Green led the new Politburo Standing Committee onto the stage at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, signalling his elevation to the top of China’s ruling Communist Party.

     

     

    The party faced great challenges but would work to meet “expectations of both history and the peeepul”, he said.

     

     

    His speech drew praise online, with a number of Follow Followers liking his more informal style.

     

     

    “This big boss at least is talking like a blue nose.I won’t comment on the rest,” well-known Poster Billy Boyne said via micro-blog.

  18. Ah, the Chunkles PR bandwagon rolls on with his faux injunction kite-flying exercise filling with outraged wind from internet bampots such as myself.

     

    That’s okay….schadenfreude will be served soon enough once his final act is revealed for the tawdry fraud that it’ll undoubtedly be.

     

    He’s still a cretin, cunning an’ all.

  19. miki67

     

     

    13:35 on 15 November, 2012

     

     

     

     

    I did not know you were from Govan, miki.

     

     

    In Clydebank the award goes to the first post to address the article.

     

    Sorry. There’s no cash prize.

  20. Celtic Football Club ‏@celticfc

     

    Celtic are delighted to announce Tony Watt has signed a new contract that will see him remain at the club until at least summer 2016. (PC)

  21. Celtic Football Club‏@celticfc

     

     

    Celtic are delighted to announce Tony Watt has signed a new contract that will see him remain at the club until at least summer 2016. (PC)

  22. Reading back, a couple of posts mentioned the St Johnstone “hacking” tactic. The only really bad tackle I noticed was the early one on Tony Watt. But I did notice that EVERY time a Celtic player was breaking forward, he was impeded by a St Johnstone player; thus stopping us gaining any momentum. I’m unaware that Brines took any action. The quality of our football is not going to improve unless referees do the job properly.

  23. Benfica .

     

     

    Average home attendance @ League games this season = @ 38 k

     

     

    Joint top of the League

     

     

    Played 9 — won 7 / Drawn 2 .

     

     

    Cardozo has scored 6 in 7 appearances

     

    Lima has scored 6 in 8 appearances

     

    Rodrigo has scored 4 in 7 appearances ..

     

     

    They have had a lot of injuries and suspensions . Manager isn’t happy . The support isn’t happy .

     

     

    They play a cup tie [ away ] on Sunday night.

  24. I object strenuously to being mentioned in the same sentence as Govan, though I have been known to transit it’s orbit at a rate of knots.

     

    I mean no insult to the Tims trapped in the free orange state of Govan through no fault of their own.

     

    There, that’s me covered in a legalistic sorta way.

     

    : > )

  25. Ah, the curse of the fat-fingered msplacing of the apostrophe. I hang my noddle in shame.

     

    >>>>

     

    TONY WATT.

     

    Yes.

     

    He stays with us. Good man, for after Barça he is. Great Bhoy.

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