UEFA Champions League 2016/2017: Manchester City 1 - 1 Celtic - 5 Talking Points
With group toppers Barcelona having already qualified to the round of 16 along with second place Manchester City, it was an opportunity for Pep Guardiola to experiment with new tactics which have quite often failed this season.
With the visitors from Scotland assured of finishing at the bottom of the group, it was nothing to lose for Brendan Rodgers’ side as they were up for a stern challenge. Celtic got off to a fine start and scored within 4 minutes through Manchester City loanee Patrick Roberts. However, the lead was short-lived with Kelechi Iheanacho providing a reply in the 8th minute. As the game progressed, both the teams had a lot to offer but failed to capitalise on the chances they created.
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Nolito, who assisted Manchester City’s equaliser found the back of the net in the second half but was disallowed due to a tight but correct offside call. The Hoops came close to finding the winner through Gary Mackay-Steven late on, however, he denied by Willy Cabellero.
The Blues of Manchester now wait for the Champions League draw on Monday while Celtic shift their focus back on the domestic league.
Here are 5 talking points from the dead rubber between the two British sides at the Etihad:
5) Moussa Dembele is yet a raw product
Having scored a brace against the Blues of Manchester in the previous group fixture, Moussa Dembele’s return to England was a forgettable one. His teammates made their way through the chaotic Manchester City defence and assisted him with exquisite balls in the final third of the pitch, only to see them being denied by City shot-stopper Willy Cabellero on multiple instances.
The 20-year-old was a menace for newcomer Adarabiyo initially, leaving him untied with his movements and physicality but failed to make his way through the Blue shirts once they got settled.
While the Former Fulham lad already has 12 goals and 3 assists to his name this season, tonight’s performance showed his need for improvement. It’s fair to say it wasn’t his best night in a Celtic shirt, as he failed to replicate his previous performance against Manchester City.