Celtic manager Ronny Deila has suggested on the club’s website that his team have already experienced a common tactic they will come up against this season.
The Bhoys fought off FC Stjarnan effectively in the first leg of their Champions League qualifying game earlier this week in a match which tested out Celtic’s creativity and patience, with the club’s opponents sitting deep and inviting on the pressure.
“There were a lot things we are used to. They played very deep, with 10 men 40 yards from their goal. But that’s football, some teams need to do that and it was hard for us,” Deila told celticfc.net.
Good practice for Celtic
It’s a complement to Celtic that teams back off of them, sit deep and look to nullify the threat of their more creative players.
It’s evidence that sides fear them and can’t think outside of the box in terms of tactics, which are designed to get a productive result against the Bhoys.
Celtic were always going to back themselves to have a higher amount of quality than Stjarnan, which told over the course of 90 minutes.
Tactics for the second leg
The tactics Deila uses for the second leg of the match are going to need to be different because Stjarnan are unlikely to sit deep as they are chasing the game.
That should play into Celtic’s hands because they have enough about them in terms of defensive discipline and speed on the counter attack to ensure that they can protect and build on the 2-0 lead they have created for themselves.