If Celtic had a defender like Tomas Kalas, they might now be just two games away from qualifying for the Champions League group stage. Instead, the Hoops are now staring down the barrel of Thursday night football after a Celtic Park collapse against the Romanians of Cluj.
According to the Scottish Sun, the Hoops were keen to sign Kalas from Chelsea in an attempt to solidify a back line which has looked vulnerable against even the most middling opposition for far too long.
But their loss is most certainly Bristol City’s gain.
Eyebrows were raised when the Robins smashed their transfer record to sign the Czech Republic international for £8 millio, according to Sky Sports, but Kalas is certainly justifying that investment. He was nothing short of magnificent as Bristol City secured a shock 2-1 win away at Phillip Cocu’s Derby County on Tuesday night.
Six blocks and 11 clearances; this was a towering performance from a 6ft centre-back away at one of the Championship’s most fearsome attacking sides.
If only one of Celtic's defenders was so ready and willing to throw his body on the line when Cluj came to town.
You Baker and Kalas were immense well played. A bit nerve racking at the end though.— Mike Thorne (@MikeThorne1) August 21, 2019
Tomas Kalas- 9/10— Charlie (@CharlieN2001) August 20, 2019
Man of the match for me, marshalled the back 3 superbly and cleared everything that came his way. Made a goal saving tackle on Bennett in the first half aswell. That’s what you pay £8m for
Kalas showing his worth again. Their late goal made it more nervy than it should have been but when you win away at Derby you have to acknowledge it as a top result and our rivals will notice it too— Mert Brown (@MertBrown) August 20, 2019
Need to keep Baker fit, Kalas is a rock, we need another alongside him, though Taylor Moore has been very good in every game so far.— Graham Clapp (@gmc_63) August 20, 2019
Magnificent defensive performance from @BristolCity Kalas and Baker were immense.— Rob (@bristolrob) August 20, 2019
We didn’t allow a single clear cut chance in that game, fantastic defensive performance. Taylor Moore so good on the ball, Kalas an absolute warrior. Their goal is a moment of magic— ️ (@lxuisbcfc) August 20, 2019
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