AC Milan centre-back Simon Kjaer believes Celtic’s transition to a four-man defence at the start of the second half actually helped his side during their 3-1 Europa League triumph at Parkhead, speaking to Milan TV, translated by Milan News.
It’s fair to say Neil Lennon’s tactics have come under the microscope of some Celtic fans lately.
Throughout his second spell in charge of the Hoops, some fans have blamed the Celtic coach’s team selection and formation for a number of high-profile defeats.
Critics point to the ‘Callum McGregor at left-back’ experiment that blew up in Lennon’s face during the 2019 humiliation against Cluj. Or his doomed decision to field Kristoffer Ajer on the right in February’s Europa League exit to Copenhagen.
Saturday’s Old Firm derby saw a limp, insipid Celtic fail to produce a single shot on target.
And while Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor both hailed Lennon’s decision to switch from a 3-5-2 into a 4-3-3 at half-time last night, Milan’s experienced centre-back believes the change of system actually helped the Rossoneri see out the win.
“We were in control, we had this feeling. When they went to a back four, for us, there was more chance for us to play on the flanks in one-v-one (situations),” Denmark captain Kjaer explains, before bemoaning the nature of Moi Elynounoussi’s second-half consolation goal.
“I haven’t seen the goal on video yet but we definitely need to improve in order not to leave the player free. We score three goals as a team, we concede one as a team.”
While it was no surprise to see Celtic lose against a Milan side that has picked up the most points in Europe post-lockdown and boasts a 100 per cent record in Serie A this term, another defeat piles even more pressure on the increasingly under-fire Lennon.
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