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What did Juve learn from Celtic on Tuesday?

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On watching Celtic on Tuesday I wondered, ‘What will Juventus learn from this performance?’  Their scout will have left with a few notes.

Celtic can break quickly and effectively.  Both Hooper goals came as a result of moving the ball the length of the field, mostly on the deck, at pace.

Their threat from corner kicks was re-emphasised.  Charlie Mulgrew delivers the ball with sufficient pace to benefit from unpredictable movement, beyond the anticipated swerve.  This will be difficult for defenders, keeper and attackers to meet, but Celtic players clearly put a lot of work into practicing getting onto the end of these crosses.

Hopefully the scout will have learned nothing about how we will defend against Juventus as we were somewhat erratic early on against United and were not pressed thereafter.

Juventus are rightly favourites but this this is a thankless tie for them, especially when the first message delivered is ‘Don’t concede corners or free kicks in wide positions’.

They will also be alert to the dangers of being caught forward when Celtic can break effectively.  Celtic conceded through this mistake against Spartak last month but I wouldn’t expect us to leave as much empty space in defence at any point against Juventus.

My main worry about Celtic is over how much practice they are putting into penalty kicks….
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  1. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    So pat the rat thinks the ball boys “behaviour is quite disgraceful”. Aye right. A 17stone athlete cant lift an 8 stone 16 year old?? The boys parents should sue Hazard for assault and Snevin for deformation of character.

     

     

    Hows ur hearing these days P??

  2. Tallybhoy

     

    14:15 on

     

    24 January, 2013

     

    Bawsman

     

     

    Was there the night Dixie blootered the penalty into space – the ball has never been found!

     

     

    Then on the way home to Ayrshire after the game we ran into a coo on the A77 near Fenwick – the car, and the coo were write-offs!

     

     

    What an end to a sh*te night!

     

     

    —————————————————————–

     

     

    Could have been the coo that was jumping over the moon at the time, and Dixie shot it doon, did you look for the Ba’ ?

     

     

    Naw, I’ve not had a drop, this is normal ;-)

  3. The dreaded penalty shoot-out…

     

     

    There’s a chapter in Soccernomics devoted to the Man Utd-Chelsea Champions League Final shoot-out in Moscow that our coaching staff should be reading.

     

     

    Chelsea had a dossier from a Basque economist called Ignacio Palacios-Huerta, who had for some reason kept a database on thousands of penalty kicks.

     

     

    From his database, he was able to tell Chelsea that:

     

     

    1) Edwin Van Der Saar more often than not dives to the kicker’s natural side, eg a right-footed player naturally shoots to the keeper’s right.

     

     

    2) The vast majority of Van Der Saar’s penalty saves come when the ball is kicked at mid-height, so hit high or low.

     

     

    3) If Cristiano Ronaldo stops during his run-up, 85% of the time he hits it to the keeper’s right, so don’t dive early.

     

     

    4) The team that shoots first wins 60% of penalty shoot-outs, so go first if you win the toss.

     

     

    Man Utd won the toss and elected to shoot first.

     

     

    During the shoot-out, both teams scored their first two penalties, with both Chelsea players shooting to the keeper’s left, Ballack high and Belleti low.

     

     

    Then Ronaldo stepped up to take United’s third. He stopped during his run-up, shot right, and Cech saved it.

     

     

    Chelsea’s next four penalty takers all hit the ball to Van Der Saar’s left, with only John Terry missing – he hit the post with Van Der Saar diving in the other direction.

     

     

    Chelsea’s final penalty, from Nicolas Anelka, was the only one that did not follow Palacios-Huerta’s advice – he shot to the keeper’s right, and mid-height, and Van Der Saar saved it.

     

     

    Maybe Van Der Saar psyched Anelka out – before he shot, the keeper pointed to his left, as if telling Anelka he knew that was where he was planning to put it.

     

     

    So anyway, a database like that clearly would not guarantee winning a penalty shoot-out, but you could argue that the advice from Palacios-Huerta worked perfectly – if only Terry hadn’t hit the post Chelsea would have won and the last penalty did not follow the advice.

     

     

    I certainly think it would be worthwhile for Celtic to have some similar information on the Juventus keeper and possible takers.

  4. Oh!, the Inter game, me and ma Da were offered £25 each for our terrace tickets before the game (that wis a shed load of money then, I dreamed of a joab earning £20 a week).

     

     

    Ma poor Da was in pain saying naw, whit a man.

  5. At least something can be gained from grammar correction, unlike falling out over a self proclaimed King of all Ballboys who was #needed #for #timewasting.

     

     

    Who cares?

  6. South Of Tunis on

    Juve and penalties .

     

     

    I am going to the game in Torino with a guy who supports Torino .

     

     

    He has a big framed photo of Pirlo missing a penalty against Torino . He has conveniently forgotten that Juve won the game 3-0 .

  7. steinreignedsupreme- McMillan isn’t even literate enough to write his name never mind an obituary, that sordid work was from the disgraceful Robert McElroy.

     

     

    Mo Bangura down another snake in his ambition to reach the EPL.

  8. So, TBJ… I offer a hand in an attempt to put any bad feeling aside.

     

     

    …Unless of course, you plan on doing me for assault, that is! :)

  9. A repost,as I’m fresh when I post but it’s early morning in UK and don’t understand what all the kerfuffle was about,read much worse on here from many but even South of Tunis was vehement about this, unless as I’ve said, is it about “Hilary” ??

     

    Thank you hen1rik,

     

    Your 2 large posts (SFA etc) and lastly 21.43-Don’t let it be forgot might just have made my day (certainly have kept me in as here it’s midday). Why I’ve been a Celtic fan nearly 50 years now.Took tears….The Celtic Way!!!

     

    It has certainly been refreshing after all the “up in the air” stuff since Kojo and alta.. I don’t see it? I’m sure I will be corrected but as I took it Kojo gave an alternative view on MLK who may have “acted below the belt ” for a minister of religion etc., So what.. not the first..doesn’t change what he did for human rights,ok maybe not as saintly as I had thought but I can check up and make my own decision if it bothers me.

     

    The SD gave a film review where the black star supposedly later said “great I was able to shoot all the whities”. Surely this is as racist as the other way around and my god the “fan would have been hit” if so.

     

    Unless the anger on sight is over something about “Hilary–and a heid problem” of which I know nothing.

     

    I enjoy learning things on here but have no time for other than national SPORTING rivalries. Anthems,sins of the past-passed on. NO! Remembered YES! Change the future, that’s it. The Celtic Way… a fair playing field in Scotland,if only so much energy and organisation could be put into this.

     

    The footballing authorities must be changed but the present rules adhered to until changed in an open manner.

     

    Please everyone concentrate on this and enjoy the football and the craic.

     

    tusker

  10. Couldn’t believe Nevin this morning on BBC breakfast news…the normally placid,tow the party line,don’t upset Rob persona had disappeared and he went for the sports journo Mike Bushell(who admittedly is a prize plonker) and took the wind right from his sails!

     

     

    Would never see him as argumentative when reporting up here!

     

     

    Shameless!

  11. corkcelt,

     

     

    I’d be bursting with pride if we’re level with Juve after 180 minutes, but the way we’ve struggled to find a reliable penalty taker over the past two-three seasons…

  12. A repost,as I’m fresh when I post but it’s early morning in UK and don’t understand what all the kerfuffle was about,read much worse on here from many but even South of Tunis was vehement about this, unless as I’ve said, is it about “Hilary” ??

     

    Thank you hen1rik,

     

    Your 2 large posts (SFA etc) and lastly 21.43-Don’t let it be forgot might just have made my day (certainly have kept me in as here it’s midday). Why I’ve been a Celtic fan nearly 50 years now.Took tears….The Celtic Way!!!

     

    It has certainly been refreshing after all the “up in the air” stuff since Kojo and alta.. I don’t see it? I’m sure I will be corrected but as I took it Kojo gave an alternative view on MLK who may have “acted below the belt ” for a minister of religion etc., So what.. not the first..doesn’t change what he did for human rights,ok maybe not as saintly as I had thought but I can check up and make my own decision if it bothers me.

     

    The SD gave a film review where the black star supposedly later said “great I was able to shoot all the whities”. Surely this is as racist as the other way around and my god the “fan would have been hit” if so.

     

    Unless the anger on sight is over something about “Hilary–and a heid problem” of which I know nothing.

     

    I enjoy learning things on here but have no time for other than national SPORTING rivalries. Anthems,sins of the past-passed on. NO! Remembered YES! Change the future, that’s it. The Celtic Way… a fair playing field in Scotland,if only so much energy and organisation could be put into this.

     

    The footballing authorities must be changed but the present rules adhered to until changed in an open manner.

     

    Please everyone concentrate on this and enjoy the football and the craic.

     

    tusker.

     

    How come I can’t repost this as I have added the reason why?

  13. DontPatmadug

     

    14:41 on

     

    24 January, 2013

     

    :))& :))

     

    “Hell,they look perfectly normal to me”

     

    couldnotpostforlaughingcsc :))

  14. Jj

     

     

    I shared your apprehension on tuesday night… But Utd faded as an attacking threat after ht.

     

    Credit the celtic defence and big vic for nullifying mckay stevens and russell .

     

     

    Btw … That half time sandwich looked a cut above the poor fayre on offer downstairs ;)

  15. The Battered Bunnet on

    Damo

     

     

    The key thing with penalty kicks is they are very simple. Hit the ball low, hard and into the corner, and you score.

     

     

    The problem starts when you over-complicate it: Psyching out the keeper, stalled run ups, sending him the wrong way, analysing his last 318 penalties, 68% chance he’ll dive to the side of kicker’s favoured foot, all that stuff effectively just gives the player taking the kick the excuse for missing.

     

     

    Corner + Low + Hard = Goal.

     

     

    If you don’t have the confidence to put the ball in the corner with a free kick from 12 yards, you oughtn’t be anywhere near the action.

     

     

    Extracted from Simplified: An Expert Guide to Avoiding Complications

  16. sneaked into the RC sports report this morning, as usual, waxing about Green is gonny do this, Green is gonny do that, namin rights, still Ibrox, no less the £3m but must include the name Ibrox, blah blah, and then

     

     

    and Green states there will be no profit this year on a turnover of somewhere between £25m and £30m,

     

     

    hhhhmmmmmm

     

     

    I thought he was a brilliant business man.

     

     

    surely in year 1, with a strong (smelling) customer base , 40,000+ attendances, and a low wage bill, surely he should be making money, surely.

     

     

    where is it all going ?

     

     

    coming to a big hoose near you soon,

     

     

    Administration 2 : The Revenge of the Zombie

  17. Celtic_First

     

     

    13:43 on 24 January, 2013

     

     

    One of the reasons for all payments to be in contracts is if a player is fined, on a weekly basis, by SFA/SPL/SFL etc is that the correct amount of money is recovered.

  18. Is there any truth in the rumour Dundee United ball boys will wear Craig Whyte masks and laugh at the zombies when the ball is out of play?

     

    We should be told!

     

     

    LB

  19. Steinreignedsupreme on

    goldstar10 15:03 on 24 January, 2013

     

     

    My mistake. It’s really hard to differentiate between these Zombies.

  20. TBB

     

     

    All very well, but what if you’re the goalie? You had better have done some homework.

  21. Green Lantern (((((0))))) on

    Youse yins shouldnae make fun ae us yins who arra peepel and therfurr mair better than youse.

     

    Ra conshekwenshes wull be severe so rey wull and it wullnae be oor fault.

  22. just heard from the souhern,the bhoy is in recovery,so it seems to have went well(thumbs up) thanks to you all(and a big,big hug)

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