Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has said his side’s mistakes and failure to concentrate cost the team on what turned out to be a ‘disappointing’ night in the Europa League.
It wasn’t one of those famous European nights at Parkhead as the Hoops fell to a 2-0 home defeat to Valencia, all but eliminating the Scottish champions from the competition.
Goals either side of the half-time whistle from Denis Cheryshev and Ruben Sobrino sealed the win for the La Liga outfit, the first of which was conceded thanks to a botched offside trap, while the second was also the product of poor defending.
Rodgers was left to rue these mistakes after the game, but refused to rule out the possibility of his charges out of making a comeback in the away leg.
“I thought we started the game very well, but Valencia are a team that wait on your mistakes,” Rodgers told BT Sport.
“Unfortunately for us, we made too many mistakes. When you do that against good teams it kills your momentum, puts you on the back foot.
“Concentration is so important, you can get away with it domestically at times, but at this level, against good players, you don’t concentrate and you bring pressure onto yourself. It ended up being a disappointing night for us.
“You have to have that belief [for the second leg]. We’ve got good players, we might have one or two back as well next week. We need to defend and concentrate well, especially in key moments of the game. If we can get the first goal, it could set us up for a really good second leg.”
Celtic travel to the Mestalla next Thursday, February 21, for the second leg where they will need to score at least three to stand any hope of progressing.