Experienced Copenhagen midfielder Zeca has stated that a 0-0 against Celtic on Thursday could end up being a good result for the Danes.
The two clubs meet this week in our Europa League last-32 first-leg clash. A win for Celtic would set them up beautifully for the return game at Parkhead a week later. However, even a narrow defeat would still give us a real chance to turn the tide at Parkhead.
Zeca looks extremely likely to start the game. He’s played 34 times for the Danish Champions this season including all five Europa League games he was available for (Transfermarkt). The number 10 has previously played for the likes of Panathinaikos and Vitoria Setabul too, with just under 400 career appearances to his name.
He’s been speaking about the Celtic tie on Copenhagen’s official website, and whilst he claimed that they won’t play for a draw, he feels a 0-0 stalemate could end up being a fine result:
“It is a really strong team that is very dominant in their league, just as they have been really good in the Europa League this season. We know it will be difficult and close. It’s a battle that’s going to last 180 minutes, and we have to go to keep our chances alive all the way.
“We have to be smart and keep our heads cold on the pitch, even if it is an intense atmosphere in both matches. We always go for winning at home in Copenhagen, but we also know that it can be crucial that we keep them from scoring, so we have to balance things all the time.
“0-0 may prove to be a good result, but that is not what we are going for.”
Copenhagen surely have to win on Thursday
Naturally in a two-legged tie, the onus is on the home team to win the first leg and give them every chance in the second. That will likely have to be the case for Copenhagen too given Celtic’s home form in Europe overall.
Only Rangers and Cluj have beaten the Hoops at Parkhead this season. That’s despite the fact we’ve played 20 home games this term. 18 have been won too.
In Europe, Celtic managed to put all three group stage teams to the sword. Cluj, Lazio, and Rennes all came to Paradise and left with nothing. Outside of the freak 4-3 home loss to Cluj, Celtic have won all six of our other contests.
Copenhagen, meanwhile, haven’t traveled too well in Europe this season. Their 1-0 win in Lugano was their only away success of the group stages. Even in qualifying, they only won one of their three away trips from Denmark.
That shows that a 0-0 draw is likely going to lean the advantage to Celtic. You can’t see a similar collapse happening like there was against Cluj. Whilst Copenhagen will likely be more efficient to most sides we face in Scotland, we should still be overpowering them.
Neither team will be playing for that stalemate, but Zeca may not want to check our home form after his claim.