To be the best, you’ve gotta beat the best
We used to assemble in Paddy’s place to take in our Champions League games for around a decade, and without fail he would ask ‘how you feeling about tonight? as I walked in the door.
If I answered nervous or similar, he would always state the article title to me.
It’s very true.
So it’s a hard group, we all realized it would be. There’s no easy games at this level, only tough ones with some less tougher than others. No one will be counting chickens, many a fingernail will be shredded to the quick.
So what’s ‘the whipping bhoys’ to do?
Honest opinion, I’d go for it. Attack, attack, attack all three visitors at home and the weakest one away.
Why not? The underdog usually goes down anyway, so walk out and give it your best shot and either win in a blaze of glory or go down fighting.
Should the three home games be graced by the Hoops going for the jugular, at the very least the support would be happy. No one wants three cagey one nil defeats, nor heavy defeats, but on the big occasion they do expect to be entertained.
What’s more entertaining than Glasgow Celtic in full flow?
Not many, if any.
I imagine comments along the lines of,,,
He’s as well going for it
I admire his attacking nature
Well that was interesting
No tactics on display
We were pish poor
I would love to pick Anges brain at this time. We’ve just watched a workmanlike team with good shape join us in the group stages, and will no doubt be held up against them game by game plus at the campaign’s end.
We don’t have a great team shape to hold although we can work hard.
We can’t approach games with the same gameplan.
We have talented players, with no small amount of pace, and the three big lads at the rear. And a manager who claims attacking football is in his DNA.
A very vocal fanbase who don’t want to be embarrassed.
Throw those into a cement mixer with a sprinkle of history, and it becomes clear.
Outscore our opponents.
I’m not asking for full gung-ho, but storming out of the blocks and blitzing for the first half with the aim of at least two goals would be my plan if I were king.
I think it makes sense. Access at halftime, who is shattered, maybe ease off the throttle if those couple of goals came, put new players on the pitch to ask new questions,,but quite simply go for it and see what happens.
I can just picture ATOB rolling her eyes and thinking ‘you’re a dreamer Mahe, we will get pumped with those instructions’.
My response, would you rather have an exciting 5-3 defeat, or a dull three nil pumping?
Exactly. I’ve read Ange harbors similar sentiments, and I’m hoping for a manifestation of that when given the chance, as he has been.
Keeping it tight, matching them stride for stride, play it out from the back, hit them on the break or corners,,,eff that. Play that way and there will be tears and tantrums galore.
We don’t even have a matchfit defensive midfielder to help keep it tight, the one who’s getting there hasn’t proven himself yet in the beautiful Hoops. Neither have his backups.
Ergo, we can be played through, and will be.
However Kyogo Furuhashi can also be played through, by Maeda or another.
Boy Wonder is capable of unleashing hell,
Abada is ‘the right time right place kid’ whilst Hacksaw is an unknown quantity who has been brought in to get the best out of our most efficient striker (goals per minute he is).
Big Matt is a player, likewise Juranovich.
It wouldn’t surprise me if Hatate was our outstanding player in the CL.
We have arrows in our quiver, they need only be fired. And while the current quality of play leaves much to be desired in these eyes, somehow we generally turn up for the bigger occasion.
And they don’t come bigger. The Champions League games have surpassed the derby games. The night time kickoff under the floodlights giving the crowd ample time to find their nectar of choice hence their voice, new banners for the occasion, a different ref with his interpretation of the rules, the opportunity to become legends in the shirt, ‘that’ music opening the occasion,,,these games are there to be won, not just played in.
These games are Anges big opportunity. He’s a good manager, but Ronnie Deila has more league titles in the back pocket.
While another title would impress me, turning some big names over would impress me much more.
I’ve seen league after league collected, and shall watch many more successful domestic campaigns touch wood, but I’ve yet to see a Celtic team “attack” the Champions League.
Let’s face it, the odds are stacked against us winning the big cup, but we can at least try plus maybe win some hearts and minds along the road.
Entering to come third?
Try telling that to our ex midfielder Roy Keane.
Or Buster Douglas who went for broke and became notorious in the process.
Glasgow Celtic aiming for third place is an oxymoron, or at least it should be.
In it to win it, and if not you go down punching, punching hard by the way.
To be the best you’ve got to beat the best, and as fate has conspired we just happen to be facing the best soon, twice.
What a coincidence.
What an opportunity.
I want scalps, and Real Madrid is one hell of a scalp to take.
We did Barca, now for the other half of El Classico.
I remind you of the score last time we played Los Blanco’s.
First or second, not third and lower.