“The first goal was always going to be crucial,” he says. “I thought we were well in the game and had the better opportunities. I thought we handled their threats really well and were causing them some problems. Once the first goal went in we lost our composure a little bit.”
“These fans deserves to be competing against clubs like Real Madrid on a regular basis,” the Celtic manager says. “I want to give them that and feel that responsibility.” While pleased with his side’s performance, he goes on to rue their missed chances. “If you score first you increasse the pressure on the other side, who have to come and attack you.”
“We made not a good first half – we wanted to attack too quick,” he says. “When they were playing better we scored the second one with a brilliant action from Phil. Then after it was easier. We gave more passes. Sometimes we want to rush so quick because Erling is there. You have this attraction of him, we want to attack it sometimes. We have to be more patient.”
“The first away game is very important,” the Manchester City playmaker told BT Sport. “You have to set a tone and I think we did that today. Obviously it was a good performance, a good victory and it is nice to start it that way.”
On Erling Halland: “The way he has adapted to us is really good but I think outside the goalscoring there is another part in the game and I think that part is maybe more tough to adapt to,” he said. “But it makes it more exciting that if he can adjust to the way we play then the level is going to go up and that is what we demand from him. If you score that much you can get away with a little bit more but he knows, and we know, we can still do better.”
“It was really enjoyable,” Celtic’s captain tells BT Sport. “Ultimately it’s disappointing to lose three goals at home. It was a great showing from the lads, we’ve been building towards that belief. We trust ourselves and trust the manager.
“There was enough in the game to show we belong at this level. We took the game to Madrid. We had a 10-15 minute spell where we lost concentration and that’s why they’re the holders, the quality they have on the counter.”
On his own shot hitting the woodwork in the first half: “I don’t know how it stayed out,” he says. “When you see it clip the inside of the post you think it’s going in but it wasn’t to be.”
Group E: “In the competition where he found such success just 17 months ago in the final against Manchester City, Thomas Tuchel was powerless to stop Dinamo Zagreb recording a famous victory courtesy of Miroslav Orsic’s well-taken goal,” writes Ed Aarons from the Stadion Maksimir.
Group G: “Erling Haaland is inevitable,” writes Sid Lowe from the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium. “That, at least, is how it felt in Seville, and how it is starting to feel in stadiums all over the place.”
Group F: “Celtic knew how to start,” writes Ewan Murray from Celtic Park. “Real Madrid knew how to finish. Three second-half goals and an immaculate display of second-half possession got their title defence off to a perfect start.”
Group E: The Italian champions had to come from behind to earn a share of the points with their Austrian hosts.
Group F: The hastily assembled side from Ukraine captured the headlines with a win over RB Leipzig that few predicted.
Group H: Alex Grimaldi scored one of the goals of the night as Benfica got the better of their visitors from Israel.
Group G: Erling Haaland added another brace to his tally as Manchester City swatted Sevilla aside in their CHampions League opener.
Group H: Two first-half goals from Kylian Mbappe were enough to see off Juventus in Paris.
Group F: Celtic’s approach was predictably bold but the failure of Ange Postecoglou’s team to take their chances cost them dearly against the reigning champions.
Group G: Ruben Dias completes the rout for Manchester CIty, bundling home from close range at the death.
Sevilla 0-3 Manchester City: They’re into added time in Seville, where Erling Haaland has been substituted and Manchester City remain in total control.
Group F: Shakhtar make it four, with Mudryk turning provider this time. At the end of another blistering counter-attack, he picks out Lassina Traore with a cross from the left and the Burkinabe makes no mistake.
Group F: Eden Hazard slots home from the edge of the six-yard box, converting a Dani Carvajal pull-back after the Spaniard had beaten the offside trap to got in behind the Celtic defence.
Group H: There’s a fairytale unfolding in Leipzig for the Ukrainian side, who hit Leipzig on the break again. Mykhalo Mudryk scores their third.
Benfica 2-0 Maccabi Haifa: The pick of those goals, incidentally, was Alex Grimaldi’s for Benfica, an absolute screamer into the top corner from outside the penalty area.
And breathe: Just the nine goals to report on in as many minutes there … mercifully, they’ve dried up for the time being.
Group G: The goals continue to fly in and Haaland scores his second of the night. Phil Foden had a shot from inside the are saved by Sevilla goalkeeper Bono but the U2 frontman can only parry it to the feet of That Man Again. You know the rest …
Group G: Phil Foden scores City’s second of the evening.
Group F: Shakhtar retake the lead less than a minute after Leipzig’s equaliser, with Marian Shved scoring his second of the evening.
Group F: Luka Modric curls the ball past Joe Hart with the outside of his right foot to score a beauty. Celtic’s goalkeeper gets a hand to the ball but is powerless to keep it out.
Group H: Having created the firsat, Alex Grimaldi scores the second to extend Benfica’s lead.
Group F: Celtic’s resistance is broken. Vinicius Jr is on hand at the far post to slot home a terrific low cross Federico Valverde cross from the right.
Group F: Mohamed Simakan rifles home from about 15 yards out to restore parity for RB Leipzig.
Group H: On as a substitute, Weston McKennie leaps highest to power home a FIlip Kostic cross after Juventus had taken a short corner.
Group H: Benfica break the deadlock in Lisbon, with Rafa Silva getting the faintest of touches on an Alex Grimaldo cross to steer home at the near post.
Celtic 0-0 Real Madrid: More good play from Celtic, as Reo Hatate plays a through ball into the Real penalty area that has a mite too much welly on it for his compatriot Maede to latch on to.
Celtic 0-0 Real Madrid: Play resumes at Celtic Park, where Ange Postecoglou has made a tactical switch, replacing Liel Abada with Daizen Maede. Antonio Rudiger is on for Real Madrid, in place of Eder Militao.
Oh my! Maede immediately misses a glorious opportunity, failing to connect cleanly with a Juranovic cross on the edge of the six-yard box. That was a wonderful chance!
Celtic 0-0 Real Madrid: Joe Hart is quick off his line to narrow the angle and pull off a splendid save from Vinicius Junior, who had got in behind the Celtic defence and found himself in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Celtic are playing superbly.
Sevilla 0-1 Manchester City: Manchester City and Sevilla trade blows, with Erling Haaland trying his luck from a tight angle at one end before Pap Gomez sends a wild shot high and wide at the other for the hosts.
Group E: Alexis Saelemaekers breaks his Champions League scoring duck, finishing a fine team move with a low drive that Salzburg goalkeeper Philipp Kohn got a hand to but couldn’t keep out.
Benfica 0-0 Maccabi Haifa: Rafa Silva brings a smart save out of Maccabi Haifa goalkeeper Joshua Cohen, who dives to his left to claw away a rasping drive from the edge of the penalty area.
Celtic 0-0 Real Madrid: A good night for Celtic just got a little bit better. Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema limps off injured and is replaced by Eden Hazard.
Group E: Noah Okafor cuts in from the left with the ball at his feet, sits Pierre Kalulu on his backside with a soft-shoe shuffle and fires the ball between the legs of Mike Maignan.
Group H: Kylian Mbappe scores his second of the evening, sprinting into the box, getting to get on the end of a one-two with Achraf Hakimi and drive the ball past Juventus goalkeeper Mattia “Reggie” Perin swith his right foot.