Celtic manager Ronny Deila has been quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times explaining the parts of his team’s performance he was pleased with against FC Qarabag.
Deila watched his side secure a 0-0 draw last night in the second leg between the two teams, which puts the Bhoys one step closer to a position in the Champions League group stage.
They are under huge pressure to get into the group stage proper, but for now Deila seems content to reflect on what he’s described as a proud performance for the team.
“The midfield won balls all over the pitch and the defence was tight behind them. Defensively we were very, very good, and offensively we should have punished them more when we won the ball in so many good situations,” he’s quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.
“But it was hot out there and the players got tired against a good team when they kept the ball. I’m just very happy and proud of the boys.”
The next step for Celtic
Deila will be keen for his team to make life easier for themselves in their next qualifying game.
It’s important that they try to take some of the pressure away from themselves, which will also provide the side with some extra inspiration for their Scottish Premiership defence on the domestic scene.
For the side, that means the attack being a bit more lethal in terms of taking chances which have been created via the hard work of the midfield.
It also means some consistency in defence in terms of some resilience and showing the same level of guts and determination that were on display last night.
The early signs are good as Celtic look forward to benefiting from everything that the Champions League creates, they now just need to make sure that they finish the job.