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Deila reveals what he tells players who ask why they've been benched

Celtic manager Ronny Deila uses stats to back himself up when he drops players from his first team.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has revealed in the Daily Mail, the meticulous lengths he goes to when assessing the performance of his players.

One of the main qualities of the current side is how fit they are, which has been fully on show in recent matches, especially against Inter Milan in the second leg of their Europa League clash.

Deila has confirmed that he never hesitates to tell players who aren’t pulling their weight, that they need to do more to force their way back into the team.

“I know everything about the players - You have to know the references of what it means to be fit,” said Deila.

“If a player asks me why he is sitting on the bench and not playing, I can show him the numbers. If he is running 600m and the guy in the team is running 1200m, what does he think of that?.”

The comments explain why some talented players have been kept out of the side and also explain the core qualities Deila expects to see from any player in his first team.

It’s encouraging for the club’s chances of success over the rest of the campaign that the Norwegian spends so much time paying attention to the finer details.

He’ll know when to put pressure on players because they can give more and he’ll know when players are entering their red zone.

He can then get them out of the team, give them a rest and give a chance to another player to keep everything fresh with all key areas of the side.

The trap Deila can’t fall into is becoming overly reliant on statistics and if he can trust his judgement and instincts alongside the numbers, he’s got the perfect balance that any professional top flight manager should be looking for.

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