Zenit St Petersburg defender Emanuel Mammana has stated the immense pressure his side were put under from the Celtic supporters was a major factor during their 1-0 Europa League defeat at Celtic Park.
The Russian club arrived in Glasgow as favourites for the clash, with Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers insisting that his side would be underdogs against the side sitting second in Russia’s top flight.
However in a tightly fought game, it was the Bhoys who left with a first leg advantage, with Callum McGregor’s 78th minute strike securing victory for Rodgers and his men in front of their own fans.
Now Mammana, who played the full 90 minutes in Glasgow, has said that the atmosphere generated inside Celtic Park was enough to have an impact on their performance, in a verdict which will delight the Parkhead faithful as they can say they played a crucial role in the club’s impressive victory.
The 22-year-old Argentinian was quoted by the Evening Times as saying: “It was a very difficult match for us.
“There were several reasons for this – not least because of the pressure we were under in their stadium. Now we have to work hard in Rome and make up for our display this week.
“We have watched the video against Celtic. Right from the start of the game, we made mistakes and Celtic put us under pressure.”
The Hoops will travel to the Krestovsky Stadium for the second leg this coming Thursday, knowing that a draw or scoring in a one-goal defeat will secure their place in the round of 16 stage of the competition.
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