It’s no surprise that my predictions were wrong again but I don’t care about that today because we’ve won our Champions League group and actually managed to do it in a fairly convincing way, so I’m happy. Well, I say it was convincing but that’s largely ignoring the first half – I can’t believe we managed to concede first again. We really must sort that little habit out.
The win’s especially pleasing because Man City are having a nightmare at the moment and their 2-2 draw against Ajax on Tuesday puts them in a precarious position. They’re now relying on other results to see if they get through or not, which is always a bad place to be in. The big story from their game was Mancini’s criticism of the officials afterwards, having had a winning goal disallowed due to it being offside. Replays do seem to suggest that it wasn’t but, as I’ve said before, that’s football – swings and roundabouts. They can’t blame that on their defeat – they shouldn’t have conceded the two other goals if they wanted to win.
Talking of winning, Celtic managed to pull off the seemingly impossible by beating Barcelona 2-1 at home, with the winner being scored by an 18 year old substitute. A fantastic result for them and a real fairytale way to do it – I’ve always thought of Celtic as my ‘Scottish team’, so I’m pleased for them. Barcelona are still favourites to win that group but it gives Celtic a real chance of getting through to the last 16.
Anyway, enough about other teams, for now I’m going to enjoy the fact that we’re comfortably through to the last 16 – I’ll be keeping an eye on the Champions League fixtures table to see who we might be facing. Hopefully we can go all the way again this year – here’s the last time we did it:
I never tire of watching that …