Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken has hailed his side’s “perfect” training camp despite revealing that he’s picked up some injuries.
The Danish Superliga side resumes competitive action this Friday when they travel to Esbjerg. However, they’ve just come off of a near two-month winter break since their last competitive match against OB.
During their break, Copenhagen have only managed one win from three Atlantic Cup matches. They beat Astana 1-0 before losing to Norrkoping on penalties. Ther results were enough to send them to the final of the Atlantic Cup, where they then lost 1-0 to Danish rivals AGF.
And speaking after that defeat and ahead of their Europa League clash with Celtic, Solbakken told Copenhagen’s official club website that their preparation had been “perfect”.
“It could have gone both ways today, but you can’t object to them winning in the end, because they finished best and had a few big chances towards the end. But we had the chances to decide the match earlier.
“Of course, it always becomes a bit more unsettling when we change the team around, but on the other hand, the new players got into the usual positions. We need to work on dead balls in the future, because we had two corner kicks and some free kicks which came to nothing.
“Overall, however, it has been a perfect training camp, apart from the injuries we have received, but such is football. But we have had perfect facilities, both at the hotel and our training facilities, and we have had the perfect training opponents.”
Set piece deficiencies an interesting observation
Solbakken interestingly talks about how weak his team were when they had set-piece opportunities.
That reads positively for us. After all, if there’s one thing this season our back-line has been guilty of, it’s been losing goals to dead-balls. Marios Ogkmpoe, Sam Cosgrove, and Nikola Katic are all recent examples of opposition players to have bulleted home headers against us.
When we last visited Denmark to face Copenhagen, two of their three goals also came from dead-ball deliveries. A failure to clear both proved to be Celtic’s undoing. Copenhagen also had further chances from set-piece balls into the box too. It’s good to see they may not have that same threat.
There have been no reports about the apparent injuries Copenhagen have picked up on their Portugal camp either. It remains to be seen if any are a doubt for the first-leg between ourselves and the Danish champions next Thursday.
Celtic, of course, have their own ruthless schedule to keep an eye on. We still have to face Clyde, Hearts, and Aberdeen before attentions can turn to Copenhagen. However, with league action returning on Friday for them, it’ll be worth keeping a close eye on.