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  • Manager thanks unbelievable support

    Manager thanks unbelievable support

    By: Martin Dalziel on 20 Feb, 2015 08:01

  • A BREATHLESS Ronny Deila has thanked the Celtic support for their incredible backing in last night's thrilling draw with Inter Milan.

    The Hoops fought out a six-goal thriller with Roberto Mancini’s side in the UEFA Europa League, and came back twice against the Nerazzurri to draw 3-3 and give the fans one of the most entertaining and breathtaking matches held at Celtic Park in recent years.

    The Celtic manager admitted that he had never experienced anything like it and thanked the support for getting behind the team, despite the poor start to the match.

    He said: “It was an unbelievable football match with an unbelievable atmosphere. I’m so proud of the boys because we went two down so early in the match and it’s hard to get back from that, especially against Italian teams.

    “But we have talked the whole year about being brave, wanting the ball and trying to attack and create things and that’s why I’m proud because we caused them problems.

    “We got a result in the end but we wanted a better one and we could have if we didn’t give them two easy goals.

    “It’s going to be very tough in the second leg. We have to be a little bit lucky and put together the best performance we have done so far under my command so it’s going to be tough, but it’s possible.

    “I believe we can score in the San Siro but the most important thing is that we don’t concede as many as we did at Celtic Park.

    “We have a good chance of scoring but defensively we have to be much better than we were in the first leg. We are looking forward to the game.”

    The game started in the worst possible fashion for the Bhoys after Xherdan Shaqiri converted a rebound from a Craig Gordon save inside five minutes before Inter heaped further woe on the Hoops when Rodrigo Palacio scored with a well-taken shot from the right-hand side of the box.

    The Celts came roaring back, however, and bagged a quick-fire double through Stuart Armstrong and an own goal from Hugo Campagnaro, but Palacio scored a second on the stroke of half-time to land a sucker-punch to the Celtic fight-back.

    The Bhoys came back out for the second-half in determined fashion and controlled most of the game, but the Inter defence stood strong until the final minute of stoppage time when substitute John Guidetti chested down a pass from Liam Henderson in the box before turning and powering an incredible left-footed half-volley beyond Juan Pablo Carrizo in the Inter goal.

    The strike was just reward for the team’s efforts and the fans’ backing throughout the tie, and the manager thanked the support for their unwavering encouragement and belief in the side, especially for goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

    He added: “I was very happy that the fans were happy after the game. That’s because they saw we fought for 90 minutes and we wanted to attack Inter and play offensive, attacking football.

    “The players also saw that it’s possible to play and create chances at this level. Physically we were very strong and we ended the game better than them so that was good and we got a lot of individual answers as well.

    “We wouldn’t have been here if it wasn’t for Craig. We would have had a Thursday off, so he’s important for the team. He was unlucky but the fans, when they sang his name after conceding the last goal, showed team spirit and I really appreciate that.

    “It helped everybody and we got back into the game and that’s a lot because of the fans.”


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