Kristoffer Ajer details unorthodox belief that will define Celtic clash against Zenit
Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer has revealed that he and his team-mates will go into the second leg of their Europa League tie against Zenit believing that the tie is still goalless, and that the Hoops don’t have a one goal lead.
Callum McGregor’s late strike gave the Bhoys a 1-0 win over the Russian side in the first leg at Celtic Park, but the Norwegian centre-back – who was a star man in the first leg victory – claims that if the Hoops go into the match believing that the tie is goalless it will help them concentrate on getting a positive result.
“The key is thinking it’s still 0-0 knowing we still have to perform to our best levels again. If we do that, we have a great chance,” Ajer said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“If you score a goal away from home having not lost one in the first game, they need three. So we’ll go and try to perform at the same level we did here and hopefully get another good result.”
Brendan Rodgers’ side go into the second leg on the back of a poor performance in a 0-0 draw against St Johnstone on Sunday.
Ajer, who played the entire game against the Perth side, was one of the few positives for the Hoops in a match where Brendan Rodgers rung the changes with the second leg in Russia in mind.
The Bhoys have a good record in in recent years in Russia, their last visit there in 2012 resulting in a famous 3-2 Champions League group stage win over Spartak Moscow, with Georgios Samaras’ injury time header clinching the victory.
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