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‘BEATEN, BUT A HUGE STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION,’ INSISTS RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS believes Celtic are moving in the right direction as a Champions League team, despite the 2-1 setback against Bayern Munich last night.

However, the Hoops boss, although dismayed at the defending that cost two goals, could see signs of improvement from his players at the highest level.

Rodgers said: “The disappointment in the changing room shows you how well we played.

“We caused them lots of problems. Individually, of course, they are world class and you can see that at times.

“We are disappointed with the goals. You get punished at this level, but overall we looked like a proper team who are developing at this level.

“There there were so many positives from the game and it’s a huge step for their confidence.

“Apart from the two goals we conceded, I thought defensively we were very, very good.

“We played our shape very well. We blocked spaces and pressed the game at the right moments.

“When we had the ball, we found the gaps and played very, very well, so it gives you confidence.

“As a team, they showed a high level of tactical idea and technique to play.

“Right across the team, I was really, really pleased with the co-ordination and how they worked the ball and played with composure.

“It’s another step for us in terms of being a competitive side playing proper football at this level.”

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