Joe Hart: Atletico’s Tricks Deny Celtic’s First Champions League Win

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Hart saved Antoine Griezmann’s penalty in the first half, but the Frenchman scored the rebound to level after Greg Taylor had been fouled in the box.

Kyogo Furuhashi and Luis Palma had given Celtic the lead twice, but Alvaro Morata’s header secured a point for Atletico, who played the final 10 minutes with 10 men after Rodrigo De Paul was sent off.

Celtic remain bottom of Group E but have their first point of the campaign, while Atletico are second, one point behind Feyenoord.

Hart praised Celtic’s performance but said Atletico’s experience was key.

“They’re a resolute team, they made it difficult for us,” he told TNT Sports. “They’re the kind of team that’s not going to panic going down to ten men.

“All the tricks came out, but I thought we were superb tonight.”

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon was also impressed with the team’s performance.

“The first half was brilliant,” he said. “It’s the best I’ve seen Celtic play for quite a while, certainly at this level anyway. It was like the good old days!

“The quality, the speed, the intensity. Everything Brendan Rodgers would want from the team was there. They just found it difficult to maintain it.”

Ex-Celtic boss Martin O’Neill was particularly impressed with how Celtic targeted Atletico defender Axel Witsel.

Joe Hart: Atletico’s Tricks Deny Celtic’s First Champions League Win

“They’ve been very smart, they’ve been very clever and they’ve been, I think, really aware the fact that Witsel himself, the centre back, is essentially a midfield player, turned in the latter stages of his career into a centre back,” he said.

“He doesn’t think like a centre back, he still thinks like a centre midfield player. I don’t think he’s anywhere near it at all. He’s trying to hold a line.

“Even a poor ball, when Celtic are under pressure, they can still put it over the top, as the second goal proved. It’s caused them absolute mayhem.

“For the first time in a long time, I’ve seen a defence that Diego Simeone has engineered look so out of sorts.”

Despite the draw, Hart is confident Celtic can still qualify for the knockout stages.

“We’re getting there,” he said. “We are getting there.

“However, the former England shot-stopper says there is little time to focus on slow development of the team.

“We want to be in the moment. We’re not building into anything, some of us haven’t got long left.

“We’ve wanted to win every game. We’ve gone for it every game. We’ve gone for it tonight but couldn’t quite get over the line but we’ve got belief going into the last three games.”

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