After crashing out of Europe's biggest competition, most managers tend to sulk, rant or pass the blame. Celtic's Neil Lennon did no such thing and should be commended for taking the high road.
Only the most deluded fan could say that, on paper, Celtic's squad was superior to that of Juve, and while the dream was certainly an engrossing, romantic one, it had to end sooner or later. The manner in which the Scottish side acquitted themselves this season in the UCL should fill Hoops fans with pride—as should their manager's dignified manner after the game.
Speaking at the press conference, Lennon said:
The difference is quality. Quality counts and that was the difference between the two teams over both games. I think over the two games we played very well but we were just a little bit short in some areas. There is no disgrace in that. Juventus are a fantastic team with a great work ethic. Maybe they don't have the flamboyance of a Barcelona but they work so hard for each other, have great balance and are a threat going forward. They've got a great chance of winning it and I hope they do.
No excuses, "what ifs" or accusations. If only more managers could be so magnanimous in defeat.