The Faithful flock to Rome
Tonight see’s the Champions foray once again into uncharted territory and you can throw hostile in there also for good measure.
Mussolini’s eleven and their following will host the good guys , and the Italians find themselves in good form occupying 4th spot in Serie A currently.
This makes our recent victory over them all the more impressive and also makes a dollop of revenge likely.
Victory for the Roman’s will not see them above us in the group table which they wont like , although a good away victory at MIlan with the star striker hitting the target is a perfect warm up match for them. Victory for the Hoop’s would seal a spot in the next round ,but no more incentive is needed than shutting up yer woman and her cronies plus blazing on past the fascists on the pitch to their horror and no little shock I imagine.
However with odds of 17/4 for an away win at the time of writing such a victory would be asking a lot of the footballing God’s , though there are some local to the vicinity. We have never won in Italy , that says a lot , although all records are there only to be smashed.
Its a balmy evening in Rome with a predicted 13 degrees a lot easier for fans and players than the 4 the home stadium will be shivering in.
We will also see a partial stadium closure and a serious army of travelling support , green and white will dominate the arena it looks like which should give the team heart .
On the injury front we have Tam out but of much more import is the news Bolingoli will miss out which leaves the gaffer a big quandary and my money is on Johnny Hayes to get the nod.
The Dub simply has more minutes under the belt with the team and more experience in general so Taylor shouldn’t feel aggrieved and theres a good chance he will come on at some stage actually seeing as how our wing back’s operate.
Griff and Mikey Johnston didnt travel and young Frimpong is not in the squad and will hopefully be relaxing those legs ahead of a more than likely return to action on Sunday against a punching above their weight Motherwell team sitting pretty in third.
On the Italians though I twisted our Venician and occasional contributor Beppe to check the rags from there and update us. Heres what he reports they say,,,
“ Lazio, Inzaghi: “With Celtic we can only go for one result. We need to win” The biancoceleste (white and blue) coach presents tomorrow’s challenge: “I would like to see the same effort and attitude of the first leg but with a different result”
Today is an important day for Lazio. The Biancocelesti are preparing to face Celtic in a clash which will be fought in the pitch and likely and unfortunately also outside the Olimpico Stadium. A crucial game to secure a move to the next round. Lazio path was complicated by the negative results obtained in the first leg. Simone Inzaghi knows it well, and made it clear during the press conference. “Tomorrow we have only one result, we absolutely must win. We have this in mind, we have to move up the table, but it won’t be easy, Celtic is a great team, physically and with quality players “.
Lazio will still have to deal with a number of crucial players missing through injury: “I don’t have a precise idea yet. We just played three close matches and this added to our problems, surely there will be no Radu, Marusic and Cataldi who is suspended. We have some problems with Correa, Caicedo and Leiva, they are to be evaluated. Caicedo took a blow to the shoulder, we feared a more serious injury, there are no fractures but a large hematoma. Correa got a fortuitous blow in training, Leiva ended up fatigued at San Siro. On Immobile and Lulic I am confident. We’ll keep the other three under observation between today and tomorrow. “
At Celtic Park Lazio made a splendid start, losing only in the final part of the game after having wasted many chances. “I would like the same attitude, but with a different result. It was a great game, but you can’t afford certain mistakes at certain levels. Celtic is used to certain European matches. It was a game played at an excellent level, fast and physical. The episodes were decisive, if Correa had scored (he had a clear chance) it might have been another result. We have to be good to make sure this time the episodes will go in our favour “. Some words on the fans:” I hope it’s a beautiful day of sport, that the best team can win, hoping it’s Lazio. Many Celtic fans will arrive, the North Sector will be closed but the Lazio fans will still be in great numbers. We hope to win”
Well you can hope son , and they say thats what kill’s you by the way.
Some of the off field issues the traveling support are facing at the moment such as a liquor ban and wear no colours instructions from the club are not only sinister but make me question who’s the puppetmaster here making police forces paranoid of us.
If our own house where in order it would be imperative to hunt down the source or sources of all this extra policing and bad reputation that is clearly preceding us as we travel the continent. No chance our current lot rocking any boat or taking any unprofitable actions which make’s us ripe for the plucking and a silent victim after the fact. Both make my blood boil.
I only hope and pray that we are discussing only football issues for the next few days. Many good folk have went with zero malice in their hearts and wish only for a great time in that city among the crowd.
Bring yerselves home safe with happy memories no matter the score.
Youre all far more important than three points.
Prediction,,, We are on a roll , playing fine , and full of confidence . The team will respond to the faithful’s urging and give it their all. They just dont wanna get beat at home and are more excited at their domestic position , with 4th spot seen as the bigger prize. As such the smart money is on the draw.
Honours even. A great result.
COME ON YOU BHOY’S IN GREEN !!!