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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. The Singing Detective Demands The Resignation Of Campbell Ogilvie

     

     

    Your as deranged as any hun.

  2. Will the Israelis be using their phospherous bombs on the citizens of the Strip?

     

     

    Will Hamas be brushed aside?

     

     

    I have my doubts and am worried how this can play out.

     

     

    Too much testosterone and TNT in the MIddle East just now and a@sehole warmongering politicians wanting to make a name for themselves.

  3. I see that Barcelona is preparing very seriously to the game in Moscow. The team will be in Moscow 48 hours before the game. Barcelona is not going not to play on Saturday footballers who are not fully fit. Strongest Barcelona team will play against Spartak.

  4. fergus slayed the blues on

    Leftclicktic

     

    That’s what happens when the MSM /LL and knuckle rubbers at Hampden all fail to tell the truth .

     

    The deluded actually believe they are the same club ,,,,,,no the actually do honest

     

    share issue anyone luvvly jubbly

     

    hail hail

  5. theweegreenman

     

     

    Will the Israelis be using their phospherous bombs on the citizens of the Strip?

     

     

    Seemingly they already have.

  6. ArranmoreBhoyLXV11 on

    HH

     

     

    SEvcovian on Snyde just now. Rankers pushed to brink???

     

     

    Eh they were liquidated..

     

     

    Stupid gullible

     

     

    HH

  7. There are some terrible photos and videos of what phosphorius bombs do to humans. I would not post them here. They are atrocious, literally.

     

    These weapons are outlawed, yet the zionist state of Israel seemingly has carte blanche to use them indiscriminately.

     

    What next?

     

    Neutron bombs? If Israel, no one would say boo.

  8. Leftclicktick

     

     

    It’s neither wonder your average Hun has no handle on reality

     

     

    The compliant MSM have been doing the damnedest to portray them as the same club

     

     

     

    Seems the eejits have bought into it ….it suits their supremacist outlook

  9. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    It is ruly pathetic that the football establishment in this country are STILL doing everything possible to resurrect the zombies, completely ignoring the fact that this, now dead, club blatantly ignored financial and sporting integrity for 20 years under DM ……… They rode roughshod over the whole of Scottish Football, not giving a monkey’s about ANY other Scottish Club, and covered-up the disgusting behaviour of their deranged hoardes as they wantonly destroyed the Nation’s reputation, wherever they went…….if Celtic, or any other Scottish Club had conducted their affairs in a similar way, the headlines would have been “GOOD RIDDANCE…..JUSTICE HAS BEEN DONE….” ….. Fortunately, it looks like the SPL Clubs will scupper their latest reorg plan…..

     

     

    When this new club goes bankrupt, and RANGERS LEECH disappears into the sunset with a few million in his back pocket, it will be “poor rankers…..we need to help them.”

     

     

    Anyway, onward and upward for the Bhoys in green, and for every other club in Scotland.

     

     

    Despite the media agenda / spin, I’m really enjoying the hate-free SPL this season……

     

     

    Bring on Aberdeen / Benfica………….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. The Singing Detective Demands The Resignation Of Campbell Ogilvie

     

     

    You shouldn`t be wishing harm on anyone who ever they may be

  11. zbyszek

     

     

    19:46 on

     

    15 November, 2012

     

    I see that Barcelona is preparing very seriously to the game in Moscow. The team will be in Moscow 48 hours before the game. Barcelona is not going not to play on Saturday footballers who are not fully fit. Strongest Barcelona team will play against Spartak.

     

     

     

    zbyszek, what’s your prediction for the score?

  12. fergus slayed the blues on

    pfayr

     

    I must admit to being surprised at how many sevconians have actually fallen for the old Bates Motel corpse in the rocking chair sham .

     

    In fact I have yet to meet or hear a single one of Olde Ma Bates kin admit the olde girl was no more .

     

    Surely the smell alone would give them a clue ,on second thoughts maybe not

     

    Rock on Chuckie

     

    hail hail

  13. fergus slayed the blues on

    zbyszek

     

    Good to hear ,think that’s down to the win at CP Barca still need to get over the line

     

    hail hail

  14. theweegreenman

     

     

    Yeah, still saying on RT that white phosphorous has been used. Israeli troops

     

    moving towards border.

  15. I don’t think that I could ever more clearly state my thoughts on our Fascist Faction than I have already done.

     

     

    I have rarely witnessed such crass & embarrassing inhumanity.

     

    Certainly never among Celtic people.

     

     

    No further comment, M’Lud.

  16. Barrach Obampot

     

     

    Mini Starry sleeping off to watch the rest of it…

     

     

    I’ll be home on the 26th if you’re down for a game let’s do the ole CQN meet up..

  17. ziggydoc1

     

     

    Spartak beat another Russian team 5:0 before last CL game against Benfica.

     

    After tomorrow they play against Volga in Novgorod, 14th team at the moment. Not easy to say who is going to win it but we will see goals.

     

    Barcelona is going to win in Moscow. Spartak still without few key players, including strikers. Few players are still injured. My prediction is Spartak will be dead before Glasgow.

  18. KilbowieKelt

     

     

    Apologies in advance but need this attack, for that’s how it comes across to me, aimed at Kojo carry on day in day out on CQN for the remainder of CQN’s existence.

     

     

    Give me, if no one else, peace. This is now boring in the extreme.

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