Ange Postecoglou’s first aggressive match in cost of Celtic ended in a “irritating” 1-1 attract with Midtjylland but the Australian coach confirmed his course regardless of the result.
In the initially leg of their 2nd round Champions League qualifier, the Hoops got off to a strong get started when debutant Liel Abada opened the scoring just after 39 minutes.
A promising first fifty percent for Postecoglou’s side ended in disappointing manner on the other hand when Nir Bitton was demonstrated a second yellow card just a single minute ahead of the break.
Celtic then conceded an equaliser in the 66th moment when goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas couldn’t deal with an Evander free-kick.
In spite of a handful of particular person lapses costing his aspect against Midtjylland, Postecoglou refused to put any blame on his players as he alternatively looked to target on the positives forward of the second leg subsequent week.
“It can be a frustrating consequence. In terms of efficiency, nevertheless, I’m additional than content with my players,” Postecoglou instructed BBC Sportsound submit-match.
“I believed it was a large hard work. We controlled the activity nicely in the initially fifty percent, bought our objective and we had produced a few of odds in advance of that. We minimal them to rarely anything at all then definitely we are down to 10 men for a major amount of money of time.
“However, I assumed we dealt with that well, we ended up nice and compact and established our prospects.
“Players will not permit me down. It truly is disappointing for Bitton and he is in all probability the most disappointed out of anyone as I know how a great deal he wished to add.
“The vital factor for me was the reaction from the gamers. I believed the two young centre-halves Dane and Walsh, in a Champions League fixture, had been superb.
“If you can find one particular area to strengthen? I thought we gave away some avoidable fouls. They only bought into our box a couple of times and in that sense defensively we did a fantastic work.”
Huge Ange playing the “I did not seriously see it” card for Bitton purple card and Barkas aim, as a substitute wanting to stress positives of Murray, Welsh, Abada. That’s excellent administration: not slaughtering his personal players in community, just after all that is the task of us followers on Twitter. 😉 #CelticFC
— Dominik Diamond (@DominikDiamond) July 20, 2021
Socceroo Tom Rogic arrived on in the 78th moment of the clash and looked risky, whilst Aussie attacker Awer Mabil arrived on for the guests in the 72nd minute.
Celtic will upcoming encounter Premier League club West Ham in a pleasant over the weekend just before travelling to Denmark to acquire on Midtjylland on July 29.
If you are in Australia, you can check out the next leg live on Stan Sport soon after they secured the legal rights to the qualifiers and all UEFA content this coming time.