As it turns out, the loss against Alaves was more beneficial to Barcelona than it was to Celtic. It was expected from Barcelona to win the first Champions League, but no one expected a total demolition of the Scottish team on Camp Nou.
Barcelona Line up:
Rakitic Substituted for Iniesta at 45′ minutes
Busquets Substituted for Rafinhaat 61’minutes
Both Neymar and Messi deserved the man of the match award. Messi scored a hat-trick, and Neymar made four assists and scored one goal.
The whole team had a great game. Ter Stegen saved a penalty, Iniesta scored a beautiful volley and Suarez scored two goals as well.
Neymar got his name on the scoring list with an amazing free-kick.
They were all simply amazing.
Celtic on the other hand made history. The defeat against Barcelona is their worst lost game in the Champions League. The second worst game they every played in the Champions League was against Barcelona as well.
They lost 6-1 on Camp Nou in the 2013/2014 season.
What went wrong with Celtic?
We’re not saying Barcelona didn’t had a great game. But Brendan Rodgers got the tactic all wrong. It was a brave move to press Barcelona’s defense, but it didn’t work.
“We put huge effort into the weekend and got a fantastic victory, it was always going to be really tough to play the best possession team in the world.”
“We went behind very early and missed a great chance. If you score that you make it nervy but soon after they got the second goal and then we ran out of leg.”
“Add it to their immense quality and the scoreline by the end was bitterly disappointing. A lot to take from the players about technique and simplicity.” – Brendan Rodgers.
Very few teams are capable of playing pressing on Barcelona. We’re talking about teams like Bayern Munich, Man City under Guardiola and Atletico Madrid. But not Celtic.
They’ve lost possession from awful passes, and the mistakes the back line made lead to goals. The strategy was a total opposite compared to Alaves.
The new Spanish team who managed to win on Camp Nou was only pressing in their own half. Celtic went a bit further, and pressed Barcelona in their own half.
This means Messi, Suarez and Neymar had to break a defense line of 5, instead of 7 or more. Barcelona central defenders Pique and Umtiti handled the pressure with an ease. Segi Roberto had a great game as well.
He already proved us he poses the offensive qualities of a modern right back. But against Celtic, he showed defensive solidity by blocking crosses that would probably lead to a goal.
Busquets controlled the game as usual, and the new signing Andre Gomes was there to help. However, we expected a more offensive role from Gomes, by going forward and supply the trio with quality passes.
But the result was already established in the first half, and there was no need for taking any risks with going forward.