Celtic manager Ronny Deila has been quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times explaining where he feels his team will dominate in the second leg of their Champions League qualifying tie against FC Stjarnan this evening.
Celtic have a solid 2-0 lead heading into the match and Deila feels that his team showed enough in the first game to make the club’s opponents wary of moving into the middle of the pitch, where he feels the Bhoys can dominate.
It creates an opportunity for Celtic’s key players to take control of the game gradually, providing the defence can absorb some early pressure.
“I want us to win the game over here. Stjarnan will have to go forward a little bit more, but I think they will try to be compact as well again,” Deila told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“They can’t go to the centre of the pitch because they know they will be punished. They will be patient but if they get the game the way they want, they will be more and more offensive.”
Patience will be key
It’s important that Celtic aren’t too urgent over the way they approach the game.
There’s no need for the Bhoys to press on and chase the match so they can afford to be patient and wait for their chances over the course of 90 minutes.
That changes if Stjarnan enjoy a good start to the game but if Celtic get carried away and flood forward looking to build on their advantage, they will leave space in behind which can be exploited.
Celtic’s key men
Scott Brown has a big role to play, as does Stefan Johansen in behind the main striker.
If Deila feels Celtic can dominate centrally, they need to try and get their best players in that area on the ball as frequently and as quickly as possible, so they can dictate the match.