Last Updated: Wed, 13 Feb 2013 05:24
Neil Lennon admits that Celtic will need a miracle to progress in the Champions League after Juventus ran out 3-0 winners at Parkhead.
The Hoops were behind after just three minutes when Alessandro Matri gave the visitors the lead but were still in the tie until the last 13 minutes when Claudio Marchisio and Mirko Vucinic but the game out of sight.
Lennon was proud of the way his players performed for much of the game but admits it will be almost impossible to turn the tie around in the return leg in Turin.
"It is the harsh reality of football at this level," Lennon revealed. "We didn't get off to a good start but our reaction was fantastic. For 70 or 80 minutes we played fantastic football and were on the front foot.
"We needed a goal and Efe had a great chance and that would have galvanised us. But the second goal burst the bubble and if you make defensive mistakes at this level you get punished, and that's what happened.
"We need a miracle. We have to try to be competitive and try to work our way into the tie, a 3-0 deficit is almost insurmountable. It is a huge ask."
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