Celtic head to Italy with a slight disadvantage, having only managed to secure a score draw at home against the Serie A giants.
Inter twice went ahead in the tie held last week at Celtic Park, before an own goal and strikes from Stuart Armstrong and John Guidetti secured a late draw for the Scottish club. Swiss star Xherdan Shaqiri, who opened the scoring for Inter in the fourth minute, has been speaking to Gianluca Di Marzio to address the second leg, and the ‘big mistake’ that Inter made in the first leg that prevented them walking away with a victory - and a bigger advantage.
Celtic will know that they can claim a victory in the second leg if Inter continue to perform with the same defensive deficiencies that were evident last week, although they will have to be wary of the attacking threat that Roberto Mancini’s men pose. Mauro Icardi is on an incredible run of goalscoring form, whilst Shaqiri himself will be looking to continue impressing his new employers.
However, it is the defensive mistakes that cost Inter, and, after leading 2-0 after just 13 minutes, they allowed Celtic back into the game. Shaqiri has admitted that he and his teammates did not show enough respect to the Scottish giants, which resulted in the tie being equalised, and he has claimed that the same mistakes will not be repeated in the return leg.
Quoted by Gianluca Di Marzio, Shaqiri said: “We made a big mistake against Celtic and that will not be repeated in Italy.
“We thought we would have already won the game, without showing Celtic the respect they deserved. In Italy, if we score two, three or even four goals we will always remain focused.”
Celtic have a tough task ahead of them in the return leg, but having secured the last-minute equaliser in the first game, Ronny Deila’s men will be well set to carry that momentum over to the San Siro as they search for progression in the Europa League.