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Van Dijk identifies Inter weakness, admits Celtic have one of their own

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk has identified where the Bhoys can put Inter under pressure, but has admitted his team need to be wary of how they start games.

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk has told the Scotsman he feels Inter Milan are vulnerable ahead of the Europa League second.

Celtic and Inter are level at 3-3 ahead of the second game in Italy, with the Bhoys having recovered from 3-1 down in the first leg.

“They gave us some possibilities in the first match. They try and play every time they are under pressure so that gives us hope,” said van Dijk.

“We also need to start the game better. Everyone already knows that.”

Roberto Mancini is a manager who likes his teams to play out neatly from the back. It was evident during his time at Manchester City and it’s a good way for a side to turn defence into attack.

Celtic can take advantage of that by stepping on the gas and pressing high up the pitch when they lose possession.

If the Bhoys can win the ball back higher up the pitch, they’re giving themselves less work to do in terms of the time it takes to build pressure.

In terms of starting the game better, it’s a fair point considering the gap Celtic had to chase down in the first game.

Start well, defend positively and get the first goal is what Celtic should be aiming for and if they can get their noses in front, they have enough quality to put Inter out of the competition.

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