Celtic need a Champions League miracle, admits Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon was forthright about his team’s slim chances of progression to the next round of the Champions League after their 3-0 home defeat to Juventus on Tuesday, with Sky Sports reporting that the former midfielder said the team “need a miracle”.

Juventus punished some slack defending from Efe Ambrose to score the first and third goals of the game, first through Alessandro Matri, who netted after only three minutes, and then Mirko Vucinic, with Claudio Marchisio also on target. Ambrose had only that morning returned to Glasgow after representing Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations, with the Super Eagles victorious in the competition.

Lennon, who was also highly critical of the referee, said: “It is going to take a miracle. We will compete, we will try and score, we will try and make the tie competitive but it is a very tall order now. I am bitterly disappointed, I think the scoreline flatters Juventus, but that is the harsh reality of football at this level.

Celtic were competitive through much of the match, having a majority of possession and recording more shots on goal and on target, but the Scottish champions were unable to find a way past Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. The return leg is to be held on March 6 in Turin.

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