They were expected to start the game full of enthusiasm and determination. Instead, as their manager put it, they “were too passive”, and they definitely paid for that.
This is a level where you have to look after the ball – we didn’t do that in the first half. We played like Under-12s. It’s confidence, it’s belief
Brendan Rodgers told reporters after Celtic’s 5-0 embarrassment at home, against Paris Saint-Germain.
We could have been better in the first half, we were too passive, didn’t press well enough and stood off. In the first half-hour of the second half, we were much better but you can always concede against players of that quality
the Northern Irish coach said, finding some positives as well, despite the very heavy defeat.
I was proud of the players in the second half and the supporters were terrific tonight, they kept encouraging us. At this level you have to make the ball work, and you have to have that belief. In that opening period, there was too much space, the physicality wasn’t what it should have been – whoever we were playing, it wasn’t what we would like. It’s a tough lesson, a harsh lesson for us. This is a level which is all about learning for us, and tonight we’ll learn from that
Rodgers said, knowing that his team will have to look infinitely improved against Bayern Munich and Anderlecht in their next two matches, so as to have at least remote chances of qualifying for the last 16.