Ange Postecoglou admits Celtic just ‘might not handle it’ after seeing his side blow a lead late on in Bayer Leverkusen defeat which ended their Europa League hopes
- Celtic conceded the opener from a nook as Robert Andrich headed in
- But the Scottish side fought again and levelled by Josip Juranovic’s penalty
- Jota smashed a left-footed shot previous the Bayer Leverkusen keeper to take lead
- But Andrich netted his second of the sport to place German side on stage phrases
- A nightmare jiffy noticed Moussa Diaby smash in what was the winner
Ange Postecoglou admits Celtic are not on the stage he desires after a late collapse in opposition to Bayer Leverkusen ended hopes of Europa League progress.
Chasing their first ever win on German soil in Europe the Parkhead side recovered from the lack of an early purpose to lead 2-1 because of a Panenka penalty from Josip Juranovic and a second half strike from Jota.
With eight minutes to play Leverkusen midfielder Robert Andrich snatched his second purpose of the night time to attract the house side stage. Despite an impressed show from Joe Hart, the Bundesliga side sealed three factors and prime spot within the group when Moussa Diaby struck with three minutes to play.
Ange Postecoglou admitted Celtic are not on the stage he desires after Bayer Leverkusen defeat
‘We know we’re not at this stage but however we got here right here tonight and we had been decided to take it to a good opponent and I assumed we did that,’ mentioned Postecoglous
‘It was a powerful problem for us they’re a superb staff and we’re enjoying away from house
‘We tried our greatest to play our soccer but it surely wasn’t straightforward. We actually hung in there, our gamers confirmed nice willpower and resilience to maintain working arduous and take a look at not to get away from the best way we needed to play.
Moussa Diaby struck a sensible purpose late on to provide the German side the three factors
‘We gave ourselves a probability of pulling off a nice end result however finally we could not handle it on the finish they usually clearly received the 2 late objectives. Disappointing, positively, disappointing for my gamers. But on the identical time it’s a nice studying instrument for us in our growth.
Celtic wanted at least a level to protect hopes of a place within the final 32 of the Europa League.
The remaining group recreation in opposition to Real Betis now a useless rubber in two weeks’ time, again to again wins over Ferencvaros secured third place and a play-off for the Europa Conference League in February.
Andrich scored his second to place Bayer Leverkusen again on stage phrases on Thursday night time
Removing key males Jota, Kyogo Furuhashi, James Forrest and the injured Nir Bitton with 20 minutes to play prompted a late push from the house side in a quest to protect their 15 recreation unbeaten house report within the Europa League.
‘I believe clearly they had been coming at us they usually have some actual high quality of their staff,’ added Postecoglou. ‘I just felt that we lost a little little bit of our composure on the finish and perhaps there was some tiredness.
‘Guys coming on did not have the impression we needed as a result of we had some alternatives to create one thing ourselves and our choice making wasn’t nice and we allowed the strain to build up on us. They are a good staff and should you hold giving them alternatives they will take them.
Jota smashed Celtic into the lead because the Scottish side fought again from a purpose down
‘We had been making an attempt to carry on however we just wanted to be a bit extra composed significantly once we had the ball, to regulate the sport a bit higher. But it’s straightforward for me to say. We hung in there unbelievably properly, Joe Hart made some unbelievable saves. We had been actually resilient defensively however they received the higher of us on the finish.’
Admitting the Europa Conference League is not the place he desires Celtic to be, Postecoglou added: ‘It appears a good distance away. My fundamental ideas are round how can we get to this stage? This is the place we wish to be. It’s not that we’re disenchanted we’re within the Conference League however we wish to be competing at this stage with these groups.
‘I felt with all of the group video games we had been slowly turned a higher side at coping with one of the best groups on this competitors.’
Josip Juranovic scored a cheeky panenka penalty to place Celtic again on stage phrases
Bayer Leverkusen broke the impasse although Robert Andrich’s early purpose from a nook