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  • Brendan Rodgers satisfied after Celts draw with Slavia

    Brendan Rodgers satisfied after Celts draw with Slavia

    By: Mark Henderson on 04 Jul, 2017 19:35

  • BRENDAN Rodgers was highly-satisfied with his players after Celtic dominated Czech champions Slavia Prague in tonight’s pre-season friendly draw.

    The Hoops bossed the match in the Eden Arena but were unable to capitalise on several excellent opportunities and had to settle for a share of the spoils.

    And speaking after the game, the manager highlighted several positive aspects of the performance, alongside the fitness benefits for his charges as they close in on competitive action in next week’s UEFA Champions League qualifiers.  

    He said: “I thought Slavia Prague were a very good team. I have seen enough tonight to see why they were the champions of their league last season. It was a game that was relevant for us because it was against a good side and a potential opponent in the qualifiers. It’s a beautiful stadium and the pitch was very good.

    “I was very pleased with my own team. It was another step-up for us. We played Rapid Vienna and it was a tough game for us and we then played the game tonight and, tactically, I was very pleased with the team.

    “We are here to develop our football fitness, of course, but we have been working on our counter-pressing and I felt there were lots of moments in the game where we pressed it really well.  We had one or two clear chances and I thought we could have won.

    “I’m assessing the mentality of my team one year on from where we were this time last season, and I’m very pleased with the structure. I also have to remember that the players are just back literally two weeks, while some players have only been back 10 days or so, and considering all that, I’m very pleased.” 

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