Brendan Rodgers makes admission about Celtic clash against Zenit
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that people expect Zenit St. Petersburg to qualify for the next round of the Europa League but insists his side are a match for “any team.”
The Hoops take a 1-0 lead into Thursday’s second leg in Russia after Callum McGregor’s goal separated the sides at Celtic Park.
Celtic have a terrible record away from home in Europe but will have a slight cushion if they are to make it through to the next round.
Rodgers admits his “mindset” hasn’t changed despite his side’s lead from the first leg but thinks the Russians remain favourites.
“They will be expected to go through over the two legs, so my mindset hasn’t changed. But what we showed in the first leg is that if we play with our quality and to the top of our level then we can match any team,” Rodgers said, as quoted by Celtic’s official Twitter account.
????️ BR: "They will be expected to go through over the two legs, so my mindset hasn’t changed. But what we showed in the first leg is that if we play with our quality and to the top of our level then we can match any team." #ZENCEL #UEL
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 21, 2018
The Scottish champions struggled to a 0-0 draw with St. Johnstone on Sunday after Rodgers mae seven changes to the side which faced Zenit last Thursday.
Rodgers’ side were the better team for long spells against Zenit in the first leg and will be hoping to replicate that in Thursday’s return.
If the Hoops can get through it will be the first time they will have reached the last 16 of a continental tournament since they met Italian giants Juventus in the Champions League in 2013.
The Hoops will also have one eye on Sunday’s Scottish Premiership clash with Aberdeen at Pittodrie as Old Firm rivals Rangers could close to six points behind the champions when they face Hearts on Saturday.
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