Celtic boss Ronny Deila spoke to the press on Tuesday afternoon ahead of his side's clash with Dundee United in the Scottish Cup - and the official Celtic Twitter account transcribed some interesting quotes from the Norwegian.
Deila, who arrived from Stromsgodset in the summer after the departure of Neil Lennon at Celtic Park, clinched his first piece of silverware as Celtic boss on Sunday, as his side beat Dundee United 2-0 at Hampden Park in the final of the Scottish League Cup, with goals from Kris Commons and James Forrest handing Celtic the trophy.
Now, Celtic face the Terrors for the third time in just ten days tonight, this time playing a replay of their Scottish Cup match which finished 1-1 earlier this month.
Celtic are on course to complete a historic treble in Deila's first season in charge, and the 39-year-old believes that his training methods have helped the side.
With the quotes transcribed by the Celtic official Twitter account, Deila told the press that the squad are finally used to his training methods, and that after almost a year under his guidance, the Celtic squad are developing physically and tactically, with most of the players losing weight to be able to play in Deila's high tempo system.
RD: “I think we have progressed a lot in terms of culture and how I want to work.”— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) March 17, 2015
RD: “Now we’re settled and everyone knows what’s expected but there’s so much to go to where we want but that will never stop.”— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) March 17, 2015
RD: “It’s about tempo. The players are much lighter and have dropped maybe 50 kilos in six months.”— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) March 17, 2015
RD: “It’s not only a physical thing but a tactical thing and it’s about working higher.”— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) March 17, 2015
In the modern game, developing tactically is key for any squad in order to keep developing, whilst physically Celtic look in great shape; they've been playing a weekend game followed by a midweek game most weeks in 2015, but have shown no signs of slowing down as we enter the 'business end' of the season.
It seems that we an now attribute their fitness levels to Deila, who believes his methods have certainly helped Celtic this season.