Celtic defender Mikael Lustig has been quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times explaining how he feels the Bhoys need to go about the second leg of their Champions League qualification game against FC Qarabag.
Celtic have taken a 1-0 lead in the tie between the two clubs, with the side facing a very difficult match away from home as they aim to make it into the Champions League group stages, which would create a new challenge for manager Ronny Deila.
“We didn’t create as many chances as we wanted but it was a really important goal and it was good to have a clean sheet,” he’s quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.
“We are the better team. We had a lot of the ball but we didn’t create so much. Against this team we should try to bomb on and get crosses and corners in because we are a lot bigger than them but hopefully we can do that over there.”
“We watched videos and at home both their left and right-back sit really high.”
A sensible and patient approach
Celtic don’t need to force the issue in the return leg next week and can take a cautious approach into the game.
They have something to defend but can’t go looking to increase that advantage with a fast start, which could leave pockets of space in their own defence to be exploited by the opposition.
Deila should trust his team and back them to win their man-for-man battles in all key areas, which general leave the side with higher quality with the advantage.
Importance of the Champions League
It’s very important that Celtic get their place in the group stage because of the financial opportunities the Champions League creates, as well as the exposure it provides to current players in terms of the higher quality which ultimately makes them better players.