By James Black
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has boldly claimed he won’t change his side’s style of play despite suffering another heavy Champions League defeat.
The Scottish champions fell to a 3-0 defeat at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night, leaving their chances of qualifying for the knock-out stages of the Champions League after Christmas hanging by a thread.
Bayern’s goals came from Thomas Muller, Joushua Kimmich and Mats Hummels in a game they never looked in any danger of losing.
On another night, it could easily have been much worse for the Hoops.
Rodgers brushed off suggestions Celtic could have been more cautious against Jupp Heynckes’ side after already losing 5-0 to Paris Saint-Germain.
“I’d rather lose playing how we want to play and how we want to work as appose to sit in and defending for 90 minutes and still lose if that’s the case,” the Celtic manager said, as quoted on the BBC Sport website.
“There was nothing about being pragmatic for the goals we conceded. We didn’t defend our box well enough from crosses coming in – we can do better with those.
“Myself and my staff and the players had a plan going into the game and there was lots of positives for us and something to look forward to for the second game at Celtic Park.”
Wednesday night’s result leaves Celtic third in Group B of the Champions League, three points adrift of second-placed Bayern and six short of leaders Paris Saint-Germain after they eased to a 4-0 win over Anderlecht, pretty much assuring themselves of reaching the knock-out rounds.
Qualification for Europa League looks to be the most realistic option for the Hoops to continue playing continental football in the New Year and they will no doubt be looking towards their home tie with Anderlecht in early December to seal their third-placed spot.
However they could virtually assure themselves of third place in the group with a result against Bayern in a fortnight but they will have to do much more to make sure that they do not suffer another heavy defeat against a Bundesliga side that barely needed to get out of first gear.
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