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Sunday 10 December 2017

Deila won't change his tactics for Inter tie

Ronny Deila
Ronny Deila

Ronny Deila has revealed that he'll treat Inter Milan like St Johnstone when the Italian side meets Celtic on Thursday.

Saturday's 2-1 win over the Perth side made it eight wins on the bounce for the Hoops as they strengthen their title challenge alongside progressing in both domestic cup competitions.

European opponents have proved much tougher for Deila with Legia Warsaw, Maribor, Red Bull Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb all enjoying wins over Celtic. Deila's early results set the alarm bells ringing among many in the Bhoys support with his insistence on a 4-2-3-1 formation appearing to be at odds with the squad he inherited from Neil Lennon.

Victories have a habit of changing opinion but while the bulk of the Celtic support are buying into Deila's views on how he wants his team to play, the Norwegian has no intention of adapting his tactics regardless of who the opposition are.

"We always attack, so nothing is changing," Deila replied after being asked if he'd alter his approach for the match against Inter Milan. "Why shouldn't we do that when we are at home?

"We are attacking, but hadn't conceded a goal in a long time either so that's a good way to protect yourself as well. We will be ourselves but we will look at their strengths and weaknesses and play for that as well. They are very strong in the set plays."

Celtic face a familiar dilemma on Thursday as they make the leap from the straightforward domestic challenges into the real world of heavyweight opponents.

Juventus and AC Milan have enjoyed 3-0 wins at Celtic Park in recently times but Inter have fallen dramatically from the glories of winning the 2010 Champions League under Jose Mourinho.

Roberto Mancini is now charged with reversing the slump that has seen Inter finish sixth, ninth and fifth in Serie A over the last three seasons.

After watching his side win 4-1 away to Atalanta yesterday, Mancini said: "We know that every game we play against Celtic is hard. In Glasgow, it will be really difficult."

 

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