Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he was frustrated by his team’s tactics in the first half of the cup game against Dundee United yesterday.
The match ended 1-1 resulting in a replay and the Norwegian has suggested that the way his team played during the first half of the game wasn’t good enough.
“First half was not good enough. We should have been more direct and fought more for second balls,” said Deila.
“But, we did that in the second half. The players showed character and I'm happy about that. We should have won it.”
In games where there is a numerical disadvantage on one or both sides, a more direct approach of attacking football can be preferable.
Moving possession forward quickly allows a team to try and exploit space and confusion in a defence, with more space for other players to flock forward quickly.
Celtic play some of their best football when they keep the ball down, control possession and wear down the opposition.
However, Deila is right to suggest that his side were a little slow to react and change things up tactically although they are still in the competition and the fight to win the cup.
Celtic’s resilience and fitness has been on full show over the past couple of weeks and they are using their battling qualities to full extent to ensure they retain their integrity and organisation in a variety of difficult situations.