Re: UEFA Champions/Europa League 2012-13 Thread
Strangely, I think this game will be a tougher test for Celtic. I think they naturally matched up well against Barca and scoring the first goal in both games was big as it meant they could soak up pressure all game and hit them on the break. Plus they were always a huge threat with set plays since Barca are a pretty small team.
Not only are Juve much better at defending set plays, but the way they play will cause Celtic problems. For example, Juve play 3 at the back (which I love), and Celtic against Barca played with just Hooper up top on his own. Hooper will need a partner otherwise it'll be 3 on 1 at the back and he'll get snuffed out - leaving Celtic with no attacking threat. Of course, by putting an extra man up there it leaves space in the midfield and that's where Pirlo will control the game.
I expect Juve to win pretty comfortably over two legs. They won't score loads, but they'll be comfy.