BRENDAN RODGERS admitted that he was disappointed in his side’s defending at the crucial moments in last night’s 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
This was Group B’s fourth seed visiting the top seed so the scoreline will not be a surprise to anyone looking in around European football. Indeed expectations may have got a little ahead of themselves after Celtic’s stunning 3-0 victory in Brussels last month over Anderlecht. The Belgian Champions remain pointless and rock bottom in the group after a 4-0 thrashing at home to the impressive PSG last night.
“I was disappointed with the goals conceded and I was disappointed with our build-up play in the first-half,” the Celtic boss admitted.
“Tactically, we knew what we needed to do. We had to cope with that bit of pressure. But we conceded three poor goals.
“The movement and rotation and how they overload is difficult to deal with. Once they get that first goal, they get the confidence.
“We pressed as well as we could, but I just felt in the goals we could have been better in those moments.
“However, we still had good moments in the game. In the second-half, we were much better.
“Of course, we want to be competitive at this level, but you also have to measure the level and the quality we’re playing against.
“There was still a lot for us in the game, in particular after the interval, in how we built the game from behind.
“My players gave absolutely everything.”
Celtic will get the chance to avenge their Bavarian thrashing in two weeks when Bayern Munich arrive in Glasgow for the second league of the double header.
Despite the recent 5-0 home defeat to PSG, Celtic will be looking to take full advantage of their remaining home ties against Bayern and Anderlecht. There will be capacity crowds at both matches as Celtic look to secure European football beyond Christmas, which was the objective that Brendan Rodgers stated before the start of the campaign.
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With Anderlecht traveling to Paris it is unlikely that even if Celtic lose again, their status as probable Europa League qualifiers will be unaffected. It’s a free shot therefore for Celtic to try to get something from the impressive German side.