Copenhagen manager Stale Solbakken says his club’s training must have looked like a joke in the build-up to the Celtic game.

Whether halted the Danish side from using their own facilities. Instead, they were forced to train on a muddy fourth division pitch as their massive Europa League crunch tie against Celtic looms.

Copenhagen lost against Esbjerg on Friday in their first competitive match after the winter break. However, it doesn’t appear as though they’ve bounced back well in the build-up to Thursday night.


Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken

Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken (Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

Speaking in comments published by the Scotsman, Solbakken said the following:

“We have suffered a little bit because there is no place to train due to weather. We trained on a fourth division muddy pitch this week which is not for old knees.

“All those who were watching training on Tuesday must have thought it was a joke we were there, but that’s life for us at the moment.

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“We are used to the winter break and we actually needed it this season. Unfortunately, we got a few injuries in Portugal and then the problem with the training pitch when we got back.”

Not ideal prep for Celtic

It’s difficult to see how any fourth-tier pitch could be better than Copenhagen’s own facilities. Or perhaps they could’ve trained at their own Telia Parken stadium.

Not getting in proper sessions on a high-quality pitch must be another positive to take for Celtic fans in what are trying times for our rivals.

Of course, this isn’t something the Celtic players or coaching staff themselves can focus too much on. They have to expect the best performance possible from Copenhagen tomorrow. That and that alone will give us the best chance of leaving Denmark with a positive result.

Copenhagen manager Stale Solbakken (Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images)

You also never know if this is all mind-games from Solbakken too. He could easily be over-exaggerating the problems Copenhagen have had this week. Only Solbakken and his players will know what kind of week they’ve had on the training pitch.

Celtic, meanwhile, posted photos on their official Twitter channel of the team training on the Parkhead turf this week. Whatever issues Copenhagen have been having, Celtic certainly haven’t suffered the same.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of effect this has on the game tomorrow. Celtic, however, can’t expect anything but our Euro rivals’ best.

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