"Wasn't a four goal difference"; Top European manager suggests his side were lucky against Celtic
Bayer Leverkusen boss Gerardo Seoane has suggested that his side were fortunate to come out 4-0 winners against Celtic in October.
In a very strange game, Celtic threatened on multiple occasions, with Kyogo and Abada having great chances. The Bhoys, in stages, kept the ball well and frustrated Leverkusen. Yet, the Bundesliga outfit were devastating on the counter, and scored four times to take three points from Celtic Park.
Despite being, on paper, a European shellacking, Celtic fans couldn’t be left entirely gutted. Call it “one of those nights” or a crucial lesson, either way there was something to take from it.
Gerardo Seoane is of the mind that while Leverkusen were indeed clinical. But the difference in the sides that night wasn’t as vast as the scoreline suggested.
The Bayer Leverkusen boss said [via Daily Record]:
“In Glasgow we deserved to win but it wasn’t really a four goal difference between the two teams.
“I think we were very determined in our finishing and took our chances. Celtic produced good moves but didn’t score.
“[In this game] we will field the best team we can and also try to produce the best performance we can. I don’t think it’s good to hold back and hold on to what you’ve got. We want to play on the front foot and take more chances and improve all over.”
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Gerardo Seoane will surely see his Bayer Leverkusen face a more organised Celtic this time round
It’ll sound strange, but maybe the Bayer Leverkusen win at Celtic Park was actually a good thing.
You can learn far more from a loss than a win. That’s something Postecoglou has preached, especially in regard to the 4-0 loss suffered at the Bundesliga club’s hands.
Celtic didn’t react well enough to conceding or making mistakes. The tendencies from last season crept in; when the odds were against the Hoops, the heads went down. Confidence in the game plan started to dissipate.
Since then, Postecoglou has drilled into his players what the mentality needs to be. They don’t need to be scared of making mistakes, it’s about what your reaction is when they happen.
Perhaps even more crucially, it’s a vastly more settled side now than it was when Gerardo Seoane took his players to Celtic Park. The defence, even without injured Carl Starfelt, looks assured. The pressing game from the front has radically improved, and has got results; see the Ferencvaros and St Johnstone games for evidence.
So, no, 4-0 wasn’t a justified scoreline. But it was an important one. The Celtic players saw the standards they needed to be at. Ever since, the Celtic team have looked more confident, sharper and have picked up a series of excellent results.