4-2-3-1… The Celtic XI Rodgers must pick vs. Gladbach
Pragmatic was the word used by Brendan Rodgers as he discussed his approach to tonight’s Champions League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Craig Gordon touched on factors that had been highlighted after the match as the team reviewed footage of the 2-0 home defeat. Yesterday at Glasgow Airport Chris Davies mentioned a plan.
On the surface, it seems a very tall order to expect Celtic to take anything from tomorrow’s match especially with Gladbach likely to have a few players back to strengthen the XI that impressed in Glasgow.
It’s difficult to see where Rodgers can be more pragmatic with his traditional formation, however, putting Stuart Armstrong into one of the attacking midfielder roles may be one way of curbing the expected Gladbach attacks.
After the excitement of drawing at home with Manchester City, there was a sinking feeling about the 2-0 defeat dealt out by the Germans. Strangely, despite being outplayed for large patches of the match, it took two mistakes from Kolo Toure to hand Gladbach the initiative – and two goals.
As the second half of the Champions League kicks off it presents Rodgers and his coaching team with new challenges.
There is no simple solution for dealing with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, but against Gladbach, it’ll be interesting to see how Celtic cope with opponents who were clearly superior just two weeks ago.