Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Scotsman he feels his side’s natural advantage ahead of the League Cup final is experience.
The Norwegian is attempting to win his first trophy in charge of the Bhoys and feels the fact that Celtic have been in this situation so many times in the past will work to the side’s advantage.
“We have so many big matches you get used to it. If this had been a small club the cup final would be totally crazy,” said the boss.
“This club has done it so many times [that] it’s very calm. We just prepare for what’s ahead of us.”
The comments suggest that common factors, which can affect a team before a big final shouldn’t be a problem for the Bhoys.
There will be nerves, which can cause players to tense up before big games and that experience will be vital keeping everyone calm and focused on the task in hand.
The experience will also be important in ensuring that the players don’t get overawed by the occasion, the stadium and the intense atmosphere which will be created during the game.
Deila is sensible to stress a one game at a time message, as he looks to try and keep things simple.
If he can ensure that the players have as little to think about as possible, they shouldn’t lose focus and shouldn’t become confused by different messages and sets of tactical plans as they go into each game.