Oliver Burke may have just given us a hint as to Celtic’s approach against Valencia tomorrow night.
The Hoops need to take a positive result from Parkhead to have any chance of getting through the last-32 tie. A poor result and it’ll be extremely difficult for Celtic to get any sort of joy from the tie overall.
Celtic have often had to be patient when on the ball in Europe this season. The likes of Rosenborg and Leipzig have provided stiff rearguards. Only by taking their time and looking to keep it simple have Celtic been able to wear their opposition down when they strike.
And Burke has stated today via Celtic’s twitter that the club need to do similar in order to get a result against the La Liga giants.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 13, 2019
You can rule out any all-out-attack
Supporters will be split on how they want Celtic to approach tomorrow night. Burke seems to think that the Hoops will be patient and look to hit at the right times.
That sort of game suits the way Brendan Rodgers likes to play, but it didn’t work against Salzburg. Playing the ball around and being insistent on passing it out from the back often left to the Austrians not letting us out of our own half at Parkhead.
Yet, both goals against Leipzig came from passing it out from the back and being patient. It’s all about the quality of opposition Celtic are up against, and how we deal with their high press.
If the Hoops do adopt this possession-based style, they’ll have to be a lot tidier on the ball than they were against Salzburg. Similar mistakes and it will be curtains for any further European progression.
But Celtic have never sat back at home in European competition under Rodgers. They may not look to go all-out-attack and leaves themselves exposed, but it’s clear they’re in no mood to let Valencia dictate, given Burke’s comments.
The words smack of a player who believes Celtic will have a lot of the ball tomorrow night. Here’s hoping this is coming from Brendan Rodgers’ tactical analysis of Valencia too.
By the sounds of it, Celtic certainly won’t be rushing anything tomorrow.