Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers Explains Why They Lost To Zenit St Petersburg

Muriel Hammond
February 25, 2018

Meanwhile Brendan Rodgers blamed the defeat on a lack of confidence and belief.

Celtic crashed out of the Europa League in calamitous style with a 3-0 defeat by Zenit St Petersburg in Russian Federation.

It was Celtic's heaviest Europa League or Uefa Cup defeat since an ignominious 5-1 loss at Neuchatel Xamax in 1991.

"Tonight I thought, in particular in the first half, we weren't aggressive enough and a little bit passive".

"We didn't close the space quickly enough". We have to make sure we are aware of that and we are aware of what they want to do without the ball as well as with it, but we have to be good enough and bright enough and clever enough to pull their shape apart and cause them problems.

"We were one step away from the miracle", said Napoli's Brazilian midfielder Allan.

"The first goal from a corner
is one that can happen".

Top-scorer Aleksandr Kokorin continues up front while Emiliano Rigoni, who is the Europa League's second-highest scorer this season with six goals, playing on the wing.

"We will recover well and be ready for that game, 100 per cent". But everything was too sideways and backwards. We should never concede that type of goal.

Sport Express Ru have reported on the game, and they haven't been generous to Celtic with their ratings. The run [69 domestic games unbeaten] went on too long and the focus was not getting beat rather than winning.

"I think there's still an very bad lot of work for us to do, but there have been a lot of positives for us in both competitions". We have played very well in some games, shown some great qualities. Of course we are up against the best of the best, so there was a lot of learning taking place. It's about consistency, really. Last week was an outstanding performance, which would allow you to think we came into this game with a great opportunity.

"Over the course of both competitions in Europe, there have been aspects which pleased me".

"That, in turn, makes it more hard for our players but our players should relish the challenge of that and take that as a compliment". "We then need to look to take another step forward in Europe next season".

The Italian said: "We deserved to win".

The stadium's roof was closed over which was good news for the players and 50,492 supporters, including several hundred in green and white, in light of the sub-zero temperatures outside.

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