Zenit star Domenico Criscito confident of beating Celtic

Hope Soto
February 23, 2018

However, Zenit have announced that pupils from the Zenit Academy will take the place of those supporters at the sell-out clash as Roberto Mancini's side attempt to overturn their 1-0 defeat from last Thursady's last-32 first leg.

Rodgers said: "I believe after the game they went back to Rome and now they've come here".

"But you have to be able to play quality football and to do that you have to stay calm and retain your emotions, no matter how the game goes".

"Obviously the competition itself and European football is notoriously very hard now for ourselves, but I think we showed in the first leg how well we played". We know that over the course of the two legs we need to replicate that but the players are ready.

A small section of the Krestovsky Stadium will be closed tonight because of a Uefa sanction for racist behaviour from some fans when they played Vardar Skopje earlier in the Europa League.

"They showed top quality against us away from home, but we played really well as well".

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"We'd have liked to have got one or two more goals but our concentration and quality was at a really high level".

"Our belief has always been there".

The first leg of this fixture saw 10 yellow cards, with only two other Europa League matches seeing more this season (Sporting Braga v Hoffenheim Nov 23 and Real Sociedad v Red Bull Salzburg Feb 15, both 11).

"I am confident that we can improve tomorrow". Celtic is a good team, but we are too.

We're going to need to up our game here because we know it's going to be hard, but we believe we can do it. It is not important to change the players, it is important to change the result.

"Obviously the competition itself and European football is notoriously very hard now for ourselves, but I think we showed in the first leg how well we played".

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