Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has explained how boys were able to secure a convincing victory against Henry Oneykuru's Anderlecht during the UEFA Champions League matchday two fixture on Wednesday in Belgium.
Onyekuru who is on loan at Anderlecht from Premier League team Everton was on parade for 90 minutes as Rodgers' men recorded their first UEFA Champions League group stage away win in five years and the first-ever match at this level in which they haven't conceded a goal on their travels.
Rodgers who joined the Scottish side in 2016 in a post-match interview on UEFA.com said: “The result was absolutely brilliant. I thought defensively we were exceptional in terms of our pressing and the aggression to get the ball back. In spells with the ball
I thought we were very good. For the first goal
we showed great patience. I still think we are times a bit embarrassed to have the ball for longer periods. I said to the players afterwards that’s something we have to work on because at this level you have to be that bit more patient also, but you can see that we are growing at this level. The three goals were absolutely fantastic. The boys deserve great credit.
“It shows the development in
the squad over the last year or so. There’s a long way to go in the group. We’ll reflect on the game. We can be better. The players deserve a huge amount of credit. As a coach
you’re looking for progress. This is a huge jump, from where we are coming from to this level. Monchengladbach, Manchester City and now here
, it shows the players are developing. At this level
it’s all about belief."
"We have a defensive philosophy that’s really about being aggressive and compact. Our idea is to block the middle of the pitch and press high at every opportunity. Of course, good teams will get through that and you have to be able to defend your box. Look how many times Anderlecht were
caught offside. Our defensive line was very good, our fitness was good to stay up.“ said the Celtic boss
Onyekuru who has scored three goals in seven league appearances this term will now shift focus to Sunday's First Division A showdown with Standard Liège.Photo credit: @rscanderlecht