Celtic Diary Friday November 25: Through Spanish Eyes

Celtic Diary Friday November 25: Through Spanish Eyes

For all our own positivity about the improvement in performances throughout the curent champions League camapign, it might be worth pausing for a moment, and , as a poet once said, seeing ourselves as ithers see us.

Spanish sports paper AS summarised the game a little differently from how we maybe saw it;

An ice-cool Neymar pass to Messi would help to open the scoring before the Argentine slotted home with his left foot in the first half.

Despite Celtic remaining in the game, Barcelona gave themselves a 0-2 lead when Emilio pulled down Suarez, who used all of his veteran skills to earn the whistle. Lionel Messi stepped up and prodded the ball home to put the game out of reach of the Celts. 

Moussa Dembele looked lively throughout but other than a header that was easily saved by Ter Stegen in the 53 minutes, the Celtic side looked flat up front.

The game threatened to spill into the nasty category when Neymar collided with Lustig and the pair were booked befor Naymer caught the right-back with a late tackle just moments later but Luis Enrique took off the Brazilian before things could escalate.

The game petered out as Celtic failed to put any more pressure on Barcelona and now look like they will finish last in the group having amassed a measly two points in five games. 

I must have missed that late tackle on Lustig. Was it before or after Neymar jumped on his back and demanded a ride home ?

Its the last paragraph which is quite sobering, and if you combine it with this, from football 365, its clear that no matter how optimistic we are, there’s still a lot of work to be done…