AC Milan defender Simon Kjaer reckons his side were always in control at Celtic Park last night.
The Serie A leaders beat Neil Lennon’s Hoops 3-1 in Glasgow, in a scoreline that was perhaps a little unfair on ourselves.
But the Danish centre-back, who played the entirety of the match, thinks his side were always going to run out winners.
“We played a good game”, he said, as reported by Sempre Milan.
“In the second half maybe we gave up a bit but we got it back immediately, 3-1.
“We were in control, we had this feeling. When they went to four at the back for us there was more chance for us to play on the flanks in 1v1 situations.
“We need to improve on consistency in the match.”
Was Celtic comeback down to Milan?
It is interesting to hear Kjaer say that his side eased up in the second 45.
While the phrase “we gave up” will translate as something far more sinister, the reality is that Milan probably just took their foot off the gas while 2-0 up.
Did that have something to do with our improvement in the last half an hour? Or was that resurgence all our own making?
As is often the case, the answer probably lies somewhere in the middle.
Milan probably did ease off a bit. But we also improved our game substantially after reverting back to the 4-2-3-1.
We were by far the better team in the last half an hour despite Jens Hauge’s late strike.
For Celtic, that Milan game is no longer relevant. We must focus our attentions on Sunday’s clash at Pittodrie now.
Play like we did in the final 30 minutes and we will get a positive result. Turn out like we did in the first half on Thursday and it could be another long afternoon.