Thursday 29 September 2016

'We ran out of legs' - Brendan Rodgers 'bitterly disappointed' with 7-0 Barca trashing

Published 13/09/2016 | 22:20

Celtic's coach Brendan Rodgers leaves the pitch after the UEFA Champions League football match FC Barcelona vs Celtic FC at the Camp Nou stadium
Celtic's coach Brendan Rodgers leaves the pitch after the UEFA Champions League football match FC Barcelona vs Celtic FC at the Camp Nou stadium

Manager Brendan Rodgers was disappointed with Celtic's 7-0 Champions League defeat to Barcelona, but believes his side can learn lessons from the loss and become stronger.

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Lionel Messi netted a hat-trick, with team-mate Luis Suarez bagging a brace, while a goal apiece from Neymar and Andres Iniesta completed the scoring for the Spanish giants at the Nou Camp.

Celtic's best chance to score came with a penalty at 1-0 down, but Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved Moussa Dembele's weak effort.

Rodgers, whose Scottish Premiership side beat Old Firm rivals Rangers 5-1 at the weekend, told BT Sport 3: "We put a huge effort into the weekend and got a fantastic victory.

"It's always going to be really, really tough in your next game to probably the best possession team in the world.

"I think in the first half we had a critical moment in the game. We went 1-0 down very early and then got a great chance and I think if you get the penalty and get it to 1-1 then it makes it a little bit nervy, especially after them losing at the weekend.

"But, of course, not long after that they got the second goal and I think in the second half we ran out of legs to be honest.

"The game at the weekend added to the immense quality they have in their game and it obviously becomes very difficult and then the scoreline by the end is bitterly disappointing.

"There's a lot to take from the game for the players in terms of technique, in terms of simplicity and quality and lots of things to learn for them from the game."

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