'Really bad' - Mikael Lustig makes admission about Celtic European displays
Celtic defender Mikael Lustig has revealed that he club owed the supporters the win over Zenit after some recent poor European performances at home.
The Hoops had lost their last three matches at home in Europe, before they tuned the tables in a dominant 1-0 Europa league victory over the Russian side.
The Bhoys controlled the matched from start to finish, and Callum McGregor’s 78th minute winner was more than deserved.
Lustig, a mainstay of the side this season, believes that it was time that the Bhoys set the record straight following the poor performances earlier in the season.
“We felt we needed a performance like that in Europe after our last few games” the Swedish international said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
He then addressed the performances in the Champions League group stage matches, where the Hoops slumped to three defeats, admitted that they were sub-par.
“The PSG games were not good, Bayern Munich at home was good, then Anderlecht here was really bad.
“Against Zenit it felt like it was time for a big performance and a win.”
The Hoops will now go into the second leg in Russia on Thursday full of confidence that they can clinch a place in the last 16 of the Europa League.
Before then, the Bhoys return to domestic action, when they take on St Johnstone on Sunday.
A victory over the Perth side would give the Hoops an 11 point lead over Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, following the Pittodrie side’s 2-0 defeat to Hibernian on Saturday.
The Hoops face Aberdeen in a top of the table clash next Sunday.
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