Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has outlined three aspects of play that his Hoops side will need to replicate from their first leg performance against Zenit in order to qualify for the last 16 of the Europa League.
The Hoops boss believes that if the Bhoys display the same “aggression, quality and intensity” that they showed at Celtic Park last week then the team should have every chance of going through.
“We know that over the course of the two legs we need to replicate that but the players are ready for that. They showed last week they can play,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
“If they play with that aggression, quality and intensity, then it gives us a great opportunity.”
????️ BR: "We know that over the course of the two legs we need to replicate that but the players are ready for that. They showed last week they can play. If they play with that aggression, quality and intensity, then it gives us a great opportunity." #ZENCEL #UEL
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 21, 2018
The Hoops dominated the first leg, and were worthy winners thanks to James Forrest’s second-half goal. If the Bhoys play to that level once more, it seems likely that they will reach the last 16 of a European tournament for the first time in five years.
It seems likely that the Hoops boss will make minimal changes to his starting line-up from the side which won the first leg so convincingly, so that means that reigning Scottish player of the year and current top scorer Scott Sinclair could start on the bench.
It also means that the midfield pairing of Scott Brown and Eboue Kouassi will continue after their fine performances in the first leg, with Kieran Tierney perhaps once again playing in more of an attack-minded role.
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