Brendan Rodgers insisted that he is very happy that his side managed to grab the third place in the Champions League group despite losing against Anderlecht at home and they are about to play in the Europa League.
Jozo Simunovic scored an own goal which gave the first win in this year’s Champions League to Anderlecht but Celtic still managed to finish above the Belgian side. The former Swansea coach admitted that his side weren’t the better one but he is very happy that they still secured the third place which means that they will have a chance to show up in the Europa League in spring.
Brendan Rodgers spoke about his side’s performance as he said, according to Sky Sports: “The context of the game affected the performance in the first-half with them having to chase the game. We couldn’t keep the ball. Midway through the first half, we had to change tactically and I was thankful to be in 0-0 at half-time. Second half we were better, we were able to stem the flow and be a threat.”
He was happy that Celtic achieved their goal – to go through: “They were better than us tonight but our aim was to get through to Europa League and come third in the group, that would be a massive achievement and we did that. There is immense pride but it is hard to feel that when you have lost. We got the job done but obviously, we have a lot of work to do before we can affect that level. But we are through and we can look forward to it when it comes round in February.”
In the end, the former Liverpool coach admitted that some of the opponents were just too difficult for his side: “Maybe some of the players felt they have a long way to go before they can call themselves players at this level. We have to have a touch of realism here as well. There are going to be much better teams than us, we have to be clear on that.”