Celtic’s pressing problem in Europe goes well beyond Joe Hart’s Leipzig howler

There was every reason to be optimistic ahead of Celtic’s first of two consecutive Champions League group games against RB Leipzig.

The German club have finished in the top four of the Bundesliga for each of the last four seasons but are 11th in the 18-team division in eight games this season. Head coach Domenico Tedesco was sacked after a string of poor results in the Champions League opener on 6 September culminated in a 4-1 home defeat by Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk.

Leipzig-born Marco Rose was called up as a substitute, but they lost 3-0 away at Borussia Mönchengladbach, who use a similar 4-3-3 formation to Celtic, in their last game before the international break.

Defense remains a weakness as Leipzig have conceded just three goals in the last four seasons of participating in the Champions League group stage.

However, her pressing style of play was always likely to give Celtic a reality check and she certainly did – a 3-1 defeat on Wednesday leaves the Scottish champions bottom of Group F by a single point at half-time.

Being able to withstand the opposition’s pressing is essential for any team aiming to reach the knockout rounds of the Champions League these days.

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John Verrall

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