Celtic manager Ronny Deila has explained in the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels fatigue was a factor in his team’s defeat to Inverness in the Scottish Cup last weekend.
The Bhoys saw their treble dreams end after a 3-2 defeat and the Norwegian admitted that tiredness was a factor when he was pressed for a response after the game.
“Of course tiredness does come into it. When you play many more games than the other teams, you do not have that energy,” said Deila.
“But we do have very good morale and discipline in the boys, and I am very proud of that.”
The comments are surprising considering Deila’s recent comments covered by the Daily Record, where he stresses the hard work the side has done to improve their fitness levels.
The difference is that the intensity in training and the intensity during key matches is different.
It’s also important to consider that Celtic were forced into extra time during the match over the weekend, playing longer than is normally the case, which does bring fatigue into the picture.
It wasn’t a normal situation in the respect that Celtic could fight for 90 minutes at full intensity and then recover. They had to hold something back and the fatigue told over the extra 30 minutes.
Celtic are a fitter and dynamic side and it’s important they quickly put the heartbreak of missing out on a treble to one side and move on.
The Bhoys still have a league title to fight for, which won’t be easy despite the obvious lead they have at the top of the table.