Deila hopeful for good result against Dinamo

CELTIC manager Ronny Deila believes a “good result” against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday would represent a “good start” to his side’s Europa League campaign.

Raising the game: Deila demands consistency from his Celtic team, starting with a positive result in the Europa League (Picture by Adam Higgins)
Raising the game: Deila demands consistency from his Celtic team, starting with a positive result in the Europa League (Picture by Adam Higgins)

RONNY Deila believes a “good result” against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday would represent a “good start” to Celtic’s Europa League campaign.

The Scottish champions drew 2-2 against Red Bull Salzburg in their Group D opener in Austria a fortnight ago.

The Hoops host the Croatian league winners Zagreb at Celtic Park in their second game, with a double header against Romanian outfit Astra Giurgiu to follow.

“We want to get a good result tomorrow and if we can do that against Dinamo we will have had a good start in the Europa League,” he told his pre-match press conference.

Celtic entered the second-string competition after crashing out of the Champions League following a narrow play-off defeat to Maribor on aggregate.

CELTIC’S PREVIOUS POOR FORM:
Champions League Play-Off 1st leg: Maribor 1-1 Celtic Drawn
Scottish Premiership Inverness CT 1-0 Celtic Lost
Champions League Play-Off 2nd leg: Celtic 0-1 Maribor Lost
Scottish Premiership Dundee 1-1 Celtic Drawn
Scottish Premiership Celtic 2-1 Aberdeen Won
Europa League Group D Matchday One Red Bull Salzburg 2-2 Celtic Drawn
Scottish Premiership Celtic 1-1 Motherwell Drawn

After a run of one victory in seven games in all competitions, the Hoops have won their past two matches against Hearts in the League Cup and St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership.

And Deila has called from consistency whilst indicating his team have been working hard to find an appropriate balance between defence and attack, with particular emphasis on their offensive play.

“We have been doing a lot of work on offensive play and we also have to find the right structure defensively – which will be important tomorrow [Thursday],” said the Norwegian, who replaced Neil Lennon as manager during the summer.

“We have goalscorers here. It is more about the pattern of attacking play. We have good quality in the last third and need to get more people in the box.”

“Now we need to get consistency in the team, get people back from injury and get people playing week-in, week-out.”

After a positive start to their Europa campaign, the Celtic boss is targeting 10 points from their six games overall to progress to the last 32 but reiterated his desire to fight on all fronts.

“The target is to get through and to do that we need 10 points. We also have the league and cups we want to go for,” he said.

Deila declared Dinamo Zagreb as being “quite similar” to their first opponents Salzburg but is wary of their ability after the Croats won 5-1 against Giurgiu in their opening Europa League match.

“They like to play 4-3-3 and have good rotation on the sides. They can create in the wide areas and are good on the ball,” the Celtic manager added.

“They have started the season well and have started the Europa League fantastically, and to win 5-1 shows they have good quality.

“When we play at Celtic Park the crowd are important and it’s really vital we get a good atmosphere.”

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