In a press conference before the final game of the group stage of the Champions League which takes place tonight at the Camp Nou, the Irish coach has referred again to the action of the first leg in which the Brazilian forced a red card on Celtic’s captain, Scott Brown.
“Neymar is a great addition for Barcelona, but I stand by what I said in the first leg, where Neymar did too much for the contact he received. Maybe a red card was too severe a punishment,” he asserted.
In this regard, he considered that the attitude of the former player of Santos is because of his youth: “I think if he continues as he is, he will be a fantastic player. He may lack a bit of maturity, as do all young players.”
Celtic, the last rival of Barca in the group stage of the Champions League arrived on Tuesday from Glasgow to Barcelona to play their last European game of the season today as they have no chance of qualifying for the Europa League.
Nevertheless, Lennon and his team will step out on the Camp Nou with determination and is not ruling out that there would be a fight for Celtic’s first win in this year’s European Championship: “We will have to play well and we are going to need a lot of discipline. We must be brave with the ball. And yet it may not be enough to beat Barca.”
At the Camp Nou, 128 ultras of the Green Brigade will not be present due to suspension. These fans cannot support Celtic in their own stadium or away or after Friday’s damage to Fir Park, where Celtic thrashed Motherwell 5-0 with damages amounting to 12,000 euros.
Lennon has refused to criticize the Scottish fans because, despite incidents, they are still “the best in the world” and in this regard he pointed out that at the Camp Nou, the fans have “a chance” to prove it.