We are still very much in the early stages of this season’s Champions League, but with the qualifying rounds underway, we are already seeing a lot of interesting results, no matter how we turn around. One such case occurred last night when Celtic hosted FC Midtjylland in the first leg of their confrontation, and while it may not have been full to the brim with good football, we got a fun match that it ended 1-1.
As both sides look forward to the crucial second leg, we’ll take a look at some of the deeper talking points emerging from the evening.
The honesty of Postecoglou
After what some considered a disappointing home result, new manager Ange Postecoglou got the following to say about performance.
“I don’t think we’ll ever be as badly prepared as we were tonight and that’s up to me,” he said.
“So far I have not done a great job because with the inconvenience we have had we have not been able to involve the players. My role is to try to strengthen and prepare this squad.
“To their credit, the players have not looked for excuses. They made a solid change and I’m just disappointed they didn’t get the awards for what I thought was an outstanding performance.
A shoddy business
Nir Bitton received a second yellow card for reacting to simulating an opposing player before the same player, Anders Dreyer, was sent off for repeating his actions. It was a decidedly odd football match to say the least with an abundance of talking points, but we wonder what kind of future both teams have in the competition. Additionally, they also have the following things to deal with in the next round.
The end of the road for both of us?
PSV Eindhoven or Galatasaray.
There’s really no rest for the villains with the winner of this draw being forced to kick and play one of two really tough European teams. The winner will be the underdog no matter what happens and while momentum is still likely to build up on the back of a strong second leg outing, that doesn’t mean all questions will simply disappear.
This season’s Champions League is going to be packed with many elite clubs and we’re pretty sure neither of them fit this delightful description.