Celtic manager bemoans early Barcelona goal

It’s only that his name is Gordon Strachan that we might still believe that he is serious. Otherwise, if it had been any other person, who would have said that Celtic would have overturned their 3-2 deficit against FC Barcelona at Camp Nou on Tuesday evening, you could have been pardoned to be placed in a lunatic asylum.

Barca won the second leg 1-0 to catwalk through to the last 8 of the UEFA Champions League, although the 3rd minute goal by Xavi Hernandez effectively killed off the tie. Now Celtic manager Gordon Strachan says that the Scots might well have had a chance of an unlikely upset should they have not conceded so early.

Gordon Strachan remarks:

For them to score the first goal without us really touching the ball was a body blow and we had to get over that.

We had players who played well tonight. I thought back four were excellent. Sno came on and did well, Samaras and Nakamura.

We had a lot of good performances tonight. In the second half we created chances, but couldn’t pull it off.

We feel that we could have scored goals, but the first half and goal was a body blow.

I thought the back four was excellent. It was just a pity we let that goal in right away which killed the tie.

Sorry to hurt any Celtic fan but even if Barca hadn’t scored that early in the match at Camp Nou, they would have still won the tie. It’s as simple as that!

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