Kolo Toure Criticises His Own Performances in Champions League Defeat
Former Liverpool defender Kolo Toure was one of the culprits in the Champions League defeat suffered by Celtic.
The Scottish club lost to Borussia Monchengladbach in a result that effectively seals their hopes of reaching the knockout stages. Celtic were always expected to struggle in a group containing Manchester City and Barcelona. However, the games against Borussia Monchengladbach were seen as the only hope for the Scottish club to at least qualifying for the Europa League by finishing in the third place. A 3-3 draw with City in the previous game gave them a lot of hope coming into the home fixture against the German opponents.
However, Celtic were badly let down by Toure who made two mistakes to give the opposition a comfortable 2-0 win. Conceding possession in both parts of the pitch meant that Toure was in the spotlight after the game. The defender admitted his mistakes and claimed that they should not be coming from a 35-year-old player like him. He claimed that the mistakes were so horrendous that they seem to like coming from a 16-year-old. Manager Brendan Rodgers accepted the apology of the player and claimed that the club should now focus on forthcoming games.
Two of the remaining three group matches are away from home and it makes it difficult for Celtic to even think about a third place finish."In that kind of competition you can't afford that kind of mistake. I have to blame myself.I have to blame myself because it was a simple action to put the ball to the side. I like to play and give my team the ball but maybe not there. It was the same with the second goal. I’m 35-years-old and still making 16-year-old’s mistakes,” said Toure. "Everyone makes mistakes. The gaffer wants us to play out from the back and that's the way it should be,” said captain Scott Brown.