Brendan Rodgers believes Celtic can turn around their tie with Valencia despite tonight’s 2-0 defeat in Glasgow. The Hoops manager watched his side turn in a disappointing performance in the first leg loss to the Spaniards.
There was a big difference between the Celtic tonight and the one that has been battering teams domestically since the turn of the year.And they picked a bad night not to turn up as they shot their chances of reaching the last 16 of the Europa League.
Celtic started the game well, but beyond the opening 20 minutes, there wasn’t much to get excited about. It was downhill from the moment Denis Cheryshev opened the scoring and got worse after half-time when Ruben Sobrino hit in a second for the visitors. And now Celtic will have to overturn a two-goal deficit in Spain next week – something many won’t fancy them to do.
Asked by BT Sport post-match about how they turn things around, he said: “You build the confidence in the players to go again. We obviously recover now, we’ve got a game at the weekend and then next week, like I said, we’re going to a fantastic stadium, a real historical stadium, and we have to go with that confidence and show a much better face than what we did tonight.
He said, “It’ll be really tough for us of course, however we’ve got to stand up to that. Like I say, if we get the first goal it could bring a different dimension to the game hopefully.”
He was then asked if there was any belief the tie was over and responded saying: “No, no, you can’t. There was nothing in the game in terms of opportunities – apart from two we helped create for Valencia.“There wasn’t so much in the game so that tells me if we can concentrate better, be cleaner and not make the mistakes, that wo n’t build pressure on you.”
Celtic showed little tonight to suggest they could really threaten Valencia next week and they will need a monumental improvement to do it.