Anji Postecoglou admits Celtic ‘not at that level’ as he looks to bridge Bayer Leverkusen’s gap

Angie Postecoglou admitted Celtic ‘They haven’t reached that level yet’ after watching his side smash a lead in Germany to lose the Europa League match to Bayer Leverkusen.

The Parkhead coach admitted on the eve of the match against the Bundesliga cracks that it was an opportunity to measure themselves against the best.

but Postecoglu He was candid enough to admit they weren’t quite in the same class despite being on course for their first-ever famous win on German soil with ten minutes left.

Celtic came from behind with a goal by Robert Andrich to take the lead through Josip Juranović Panenka’s penalty kick. from strike.

But Andreich scored his second goal and Moussa Diaby scored a late goal for the hosts leaving Postecoglou sick and out of the race. European League They take their place in the conference league after Christmas.

“We haven’t reached that level yet,” the Australian said, before adding on Celtic Channel: “It’s tough.

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“We kind of got stuck there, gave ourselves a chance to get a great result but in the end they are a good team.

“We didn’t finish the game the way they could have had it but thanks to the players.

“Leverkusen are a great team. We came to their backyard and gave them a game.

“We just stopped there. We couldn’t control the match the way we wanted because they have quality on their side and are always a threat on the counter so we had to be careful.

“Joe saved some big balls and the four defenders worked hard and we couldn’t hold it but there’s still a gap between us and them and that’s what we need to close.”

The defeat ends Celtic’s Europa League hopes, but they still have Conference League football to look forward to after Christmas.

Postecoglou added: “In all our European matches we’ve taken it with some very good opponents. We know there is a gap between us and the best, but we will bridge that gap if we continue to follow this approach whenever we play with these teams.”

“They beat us 4-0 at home and we gave them some fear here and hopefully that gap will be smaller next time.

“I hope the fans walk away knowing the guys in the green and white hoops have given their all and something to scream about.”


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