Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he’s been constantly talking with full-back Emiliano Izaguirre to help him improve his performances.
Deila has struck up a connection with the player, making it his mission to help him improve and the Norwegian feels the hard work has started to pay off.
Deila has told the paper that there are two areas of Izaguirre’s performances at the moment, which he feels extremely pleased with.
“I have been talking to Emilio all the time. He has been picking up a lot of things and has been better,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“He was great against Qarabag last week, especially defensively, and that has been his biggest issue.”
“That and also his crossing he has been working on. Emilio is doing well right now.”
It’s important that the first job of any full-back is to make sure that he’s rock solid in terms of what he offers from a defensive point of view.
That prevents the centre-backs from becoming stretched, allowing them to stay tight and compact through the middle which ultimately makes the side more difficult to break down.
It also helps the play to be funnelled into the middle where it’s easier to contain if the full-back can cut out crosses being supplied into the box.
Attacking comes second
If Izaguirre can get forward and provide some attacking support on the left then superb, but his primary job is to stay solid defensively.
When he does go forward, it’s important that he can also react and get back into position quickly, which will help to prevent Celtic from being counter attacked.