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No case for defence in Munich mauling

Brendan Rodgers: disappointed with defending (pic: SNS Group)


Bayern Munich 3 Celtic 0
Allianz Arena


Defensive weaknesses cost Celtic in what was always likely to be a tough assignment against one of Europe’s best club sides.

Too many players were below par in a contest that required the visitors to put in an extra special performance if they were to have any chance of getting anything from the game.

It proved a comfortable victory for the hosts who could have run up an even bigger score, with two goals chalked off for offside and a clear penalty denied.

After some early promise Celtic were undone on the first quarter of an hour when Thomas Muller scored the opening goal from close range after Craig Gordon saved a header from Robert Lewandowski.

Joshua Kimmich made it two with a header from Kingsley Coman’s delivery and Mats Hummels nodded in the third after the break.

The rampant German champions threatened to run riot and will pose another big threat when they return to Parkhead for a potential fright night on 31 October.

Despite insisting they had learned from the Paris St Germain thrashing in the opening group match Celtic repeated the same errors, proving easy to open up in defence.

Lustig looked out of place at centre-half in place of the injured Jozo Simunovic, with his own position at right-back filled by Cristian Gamboa who had a torrid night.

Celtic struggled to keep the ball for more than a few passes and there was a lack of aggression in trying to win the ball back.

Bayern, by contrast, played at a ferocious pace from the off, using the flanks to draw the Celtic players wide and opening up space through the middle.

Brendan Rodgers’ frustration was obvious as he gesticulated at the players from the touchline. He may be left pondering the weaknesses at the back that are likely to cost his team the chance of progress in the competition.

After the game he said: “There were elements in the game, in particular in the second half when some of our play was very good and we looked at real threat at times.

“We could have done better with the goals we conceded.

“We didn’t defend our box good enough. But I would rather lose the game how we want to play rather than defend for 90 minutes and still lose.

“You need to be a realist. We want to be competitive at this level but it is a huge ask for us.”

Goals

Bayern Munich: Muller 17′, Kimmich 29′, Hummels 50′

Other results:

Anderlecht 0 Paris St Germain 4

Benfica 0 Man Utd 1

Chelsea 3 Roma 3

Group B table

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