Michael Owen has told BT Sport’s coverage of Celtic losing 3-0 to Real Madrid on Tuesday night that he “loves” the multi-ball system Ange Postecoglou has implemented at Parkhead since the Aussie gaffer arrived last summer.
Despite a solid showing from Celtic for the first 55 minutes, Madrid ran out 3-0 winners. Goals from Vinicius Jr, Luka Modric – who sent a message to Celtic fans after his standing ovation – and Eden Hazard saw Madrid win easily.
But it was not after Celtic had their chances. Callum McGregor was inches away from giving Celtic the lead, slamming an effort onto the post from 20 yards. Liel Abada should have done better after being played in by Jota on the right.
Daizen Maeda perhaps had the best chance, but he could not convert Josip Juranovic’s cross-shot. In the end, a solid win for Madrid but positives for Celtic. One being the multi-ball system at Parkhead, which did catch Madrid out.
Used to perfection against Rangers on Sunday, the Celtic ball-boys were on it. Instantly returning a ball when it had gone out of play. Maintaining tempo and intensity, Owen gave his verdict in his analysis on BT Sport.
“It was a brilliant start from Celtic. I love the multi-ball system. They’ve got that down to a tee,” Owen declared on BT Sport during the 3-0 loss, as the Celtic ball-boys worked hard to get the ball back into play for their Celtic heros.
Celtic lose 3-0 to Real Madrid on Tuesday: Owen loves multi-ball system
It proved incredibly effective against Rangers on Saturday. Celtic caught their Old Firm rivals cold to win 4-0. Had the Celtic attackers been a bit more clinical on Tuesday night, plenty would have been made of the work of the ball-boys.
Another sign that Postecoglou is desperate to increase the intensity and catch their opponents cold. But there were plenty of positives on Tuesday night. Celtic can take confidence from their initial 55 minutes against Madrid.