CL (mini) review: Celtic 2 – 1 FC Barcelona: Same scoreline as before, wrong way ’round…By: Natasha | November 8th, 2012
Due to circumstances on my end, this review will be on the shorter side. I apologise. But please don’t leave yet! Barça lost…trolls, come out from your hiding place!
So Barça finally lost a match – but all winning streaks come to an end. Even Barça’s! Tito started the match with the following players: VV – Alves, Bartra, Mascherano, Alba – Song, Xavi, Iniesta – Messi, Alexis and Pedro. No Busquets, as he was suspended, but he’s still the best DM in the world and I rate him a 12 for this match!
You can watch the video above to replay last night’s events. Celtic’s two goals came from set pieces. Not surprising. As Ade put it, “[Celtic] are a physically big team that know how to defend. That’s all Barça needs to be in trouble”, and she’s right. How many times have we seen Barça control possession (according to the UEFA website, Barça’s possession was 72% to Celtic’s 28%, but I’ve seen different figures elsewhere), have numerous attempts on-target (and off, heh) yet still concede from poorly defended set pieces? Actually, in this case, not even poorly defended – our guys just couldn’t stand up (literally) to Celtic’s height.
There’s lots of talk about Celtic playing anti-football – a phrase that never seems to go away – or playing badly and getting lucky from set pieces. Celtic didn’t take any risks, they were “boring to watch”, blah blah blah…and it’s true, Celtic parked their green and white bus, but look how effective it was. Same goes for the similar tactics used by Chelsea. I think we need to be more critical of our team – why does this keep happening? Barça still haven’t quite managed to figure out a way to overcome teams that park the bus. And until they do, we can expect the same thing to happen. Celtic beat us by knowing what seems to work agains Barça, and they played a very clean match, so respect to them.
Well done to Celtic, and what a way to celebrate your 125th birthday! The current group standings are as follows:
Barça – 9 points
Celtic – 7 points
Benfica – 4 points
Spartak – 3 points
Time to look ahead to this weekend’s match against Mallorca. Last night’s loss isn’t disastrous and we’ll still qualify for the knock out rounds of the CL. I’m glad this loss has come in a CL match – a loss in La Liga isn’t an option right now.
Some Related Barcelona Posts:
- Champions League review: FC Barcelona 2 – 1 Celtic: Leaving it ’til the Last Minute: A Masterclass
- Celtic FC – FC Barcelona, Preview briefing> Will we Pique?
- FC Barcelona-Celtic, Champions league night: Just score more!