Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

Bayer Leverkusen boss Gerardo Seoane insists he is aiming to dump Celtic out of the Europa League tonight by finding an antidote against Angeball.

Ange Postecoglou’s team will try to keep their Group G qualifying hopes alive by claiming at least one point against the Bundesliga giants, who put four past them with no answer in Glasgow.

But despite admitting that Hoops has been transformed since that loss two months ago, Seoane is convinced that it may be the answer to the Celtics’ attack-at-all-price philosophy to soak up the pressure and strike back with a suck -punch.

He said: “Celtic have to go out and attack because in the last two games they need to get results.

“It can mean that we get more space. But we need to make sure we are organized and defend well, but we also need to have ball possession so we can control the game.

“They have shown in recent matches that they are eager to play on the front foot all the time. But I think every team needs a balance between attack and defense.

“Every coach has their own way of doing things and you can clearly see how Celtic approach their matches.




“They are good in attack, so we have to keep it much tighter than we did in Glasgow. They are certainly better organized in defense and also in their pressure.”

Leverkusen will be without the main Dutch defenders Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Mitchel Bakker plus the Austrian midfielder Julian Baumgartlinger. There are also doubts about the availability of winger Karim Bellarabi, Chilean midfielder Charles Aranguiz and Argentine national team player Lucas Alario.

It is an injury list that has disrupted their latest league form, and Seoane insists it is far from ideal to go against a team whose four-goal defeat in their last meeting was not a fair reflection of the issues.

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He said: “In Glasgow we deserved to win, but it was not really a difference of four goals between the two teams.

“I think we were very determined in our finish and took our chances. Celtic made good moves but did not score.

“One thing that has changed is that we have had to adapt our approach. We have faced many challenges since then both in staff time and on the pitch. But it is positive for us to find solutions to those challenges. .

“Obviously we want to get players back as soon as possible and we have to act with the medical department when they have to make decisions.

“But we will put the best team we can and also try to produce the best performance we can.

“I do not think it is good to hold back and hold on to what you have. We want to play at the forefront and take more chances and improve all over. “

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