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  • Boyata: Celts will be even stronger for second 'Well clash

    Boyata: Celts will be even stronger for second 'Well clash

    By: Tony Connelly on 28 Nov, 2017 14:52

  • DEDRYCK Boyata says Celtic are anticipating a fired-up Motherwell when the two sides meet tomorrow night (Wednesday), but he has warned the Steelmen that they will face an even better Hoops team.  

    Celtic will travel to Fir Park for what will be the second meeting between the two sides in four days. The Premiership clash follows closely on the heels of Sunday’s 2-0 League Cup final win, which saw Brendan Rodgers pick up his fourth consecutive trophy since arriving in Paradise last year.

    Speaking to the media at Lennoxtown today, Celtic's Belgian defender said he anticipates Stephen Robinson’s men to be eager for revenge.

    “If I put myself in their position and I lost before having to play them again in a few days, I know I would want to make sure I got them back,” Boyata said. "I think they’ll be really fired up tomorrow. They are a physical team so they’ll be even harder tomorrow.

    “They had a plan that worked well. They tried to stop us from playing and looked to press us high as well. Their manager really knows what he’s doing. You can see they’d been working on that before the game. Moult and Bowman are physical players and they challenge us, but we know what to expect.

    “We’ll find a way. We won the final. They made it difficult for us but it wasn’t like we couldn’t pass the ball. We were shifting the ball around. We saw the areas where we need to improve and we’ve been working on it already.

    "Tomorrow we’ll know what to do. We’ve been working on it with the manager. We have a lot of trust in our manager and faith in him to tell us what to do.”

    In retaining the League Cup trophy, Celtic have replicated the early part of last season which saw them go on to clinch the treble in a historic Invicibles season. The domestic unbeaten run has continued and now stands at 65 games. Boyata maintains that while picking up the League Cup trophy has come as a boost to the squad, Celtic’s focus remains solely on their next game.

    “It feels great to win the trophy,” he said. “It definitely gives us a lift. We’re in the middle of something very important and we’ve worked very hard to be here.

    “What we did last season was incredible and it will be very difficult to do it against this season. We have a lot of games so we just need to keep on going. To win games demands a lot of work and concentration. Winning the first trophy tells us that we are doing well so let’s keep on going.”

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