Personally, I thought Celtic were brilliant against Bayern Munich at a packed Paradise last night. After the media slaughtering we took from the first game in Munich, the Bhoys responded magnificently.
We competed for every ball, created chances and showed a real composure on the ball that will stand us in good stead for our upcoming games in Europe.
As Brendan had already said, he wants Celtic to play OUR way, no matter the opposition.
Sure Bayern had long spells of possession, but you expect that of a side with their pedigree and talent. I’ve said it before, they have the squad good enough to go all the way and win the trophy. Well that’s what they’re hoping anyway…
Celtic on the other hand have a different target, Europe after Christmas.
And on last night’s showing, we should reach our target, because if we play only half was well against Anderlecht, as we did against Bayern, we’ll go into the Europa League quite comfortably.
Although we lost the game 2-1, there were plenty of positives to take from it. The performances of James Forrest, Kieran Tierney, Callum McGregor and of course captain Scott Brown, all Scots incidentally, were outstanding. The pass from Jamesy to Callum for our goal was sublime.
And like any game, the goals we lost could have been avoided.
Dedryck Boyata should have just cleared his lines for the first goal. Having said that, Coman did handle the ball before scoring, yet both the goal line assistant and the linesman failed to see it. I often wonder what the extra officials actually do?
The second goal, well it was a great cross and header, so I might be a bit over critical here but stopping the cross is imperative. But you can’t argue with a nice piece of skill.
I was intrigued however by BT Sports aftermatch interview of Jamesy and Callum.
When asked about the game, Jamesy commented that we’d lost ‘two sloppy goals’, but failed to mention the missed chances of Stuart Armstong and Moussa Dembele.
I’m sure if we take those chances it would have been a different game. So, if you’re going to take the credit, you’ve got to share the blame…it’s a team game after all.