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  • Mikael Lustig: Seven-in-a-row is incredible

    Mikael Lustig: Seven-in-a-row is incredible

    By: Joe Donnelly on 03 Dec, 2018 10:01

  • IN the wake of Celtic’s dominant League Cup final victory over Aberdeen at Hampden on Sunday, matchday captain Mikael Lustig was overjoyed by his team’s incredible seven consecutive domestic trophy run.  

    So high is the standard Brendan Rodgers’ side have set themselves in recent years, that the Swede was almost disappointed the Hoops didn’t score more on the day. Nonetheless, he was delighted to secure silverware at this stage in the season.

    And he was happy to take his place on the podium after the game and lift the League Cup trophy with club captain, Scott Brown, who came on as a second-half substitute.

    Speaking to the Celtic View after the cup final, Lustig said: “We maybe didn’t create as many chances as we’d have liked, and with a little bit more quality in the last third, we could have scored three or four.

    “But still, we got another clean sheet and seven in a row is incredible – I hope people don’t take it for granted. We also don’t look too far ahead, we focus one game at a time, and the month of December is a very busy one for us. We need the whole squad and we need to focus for the entirety of the month.”

    With the Scottish champions’ busy schedule between now and the end of the year in mind, Lustig hailed the strength of the squad and the willingness of fringe players to seize their chance when it presents itself. 

    Cup-winning goal-scorer Ryan Christie exemplifies such a player, and the 31-year-old defender hailed the attitude that’s required to turn opportunity into silverware. 

    “Having such great depth in the squad is everything, especially if you want to win trophies, it’s vital,” said Lustig. “During a long a season, we know we’ll build up suspensions and injuries.

    “The guys that have come into the team in recent weeks have been brilliant, the last seven or eight games have been really, really good.

    “And it’s not difficult for us to switch gears between European games, domestic cup games and league games. We know every game from now until the end of the year is so important for us. Next, we play Motherwell away from home, that’s going to be a tough game for us, but we’re enjoying playing right now, confidence is high, we’re really strong at the back and creating chances at the other end.”

    A well-organised Aberdeen often prevented Celtic from playing their normal high-pressing game on Sunday, but Lustig reckons it’s up to he and his team-mates to change things up in those moments. 

    He added: “We can’t always play our normal game, and it’s up to us to adapt against whoever we’re playing. Aberdeen don’t always play out from the back, they often launch it straight up to their big strikers, so it’s really hard for us to win the first press.

    “The fact that we can win a cup final and still feel we might have scored more goals absolutely speaks to the quality of the team and standards we set ourselves. We know that we’re always capable of creating chances, which is a great thing. We’re delighted with a clean sheet today, and a trophy at this point in the season.”

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