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Deila: The pressure is on Fenerbahce

SoccerNews in UEFA Europa League 30 Sep 2015

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Celtic manager Ronny Deila is eager to pile the pressure on Fenerbahce when the two sides meet in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Scottish champions drew 2-2 with Ajax in an entertaining Group A opener, while the Turkish side suffered a shock 3-1 home defeat to Molde.

Fenerbahce also tasted defeat to rivals Besiktas in the Super Lig on Sunday and Deila is aware the visitors need to pick up a result in Glasgow to turn their faltering season around.

“There is pressure on Fenerbahce after they lost at home so we could put ourselves in a very good position if we win at home,” said the 40-year-old at his pre-match press conference.

“We have seen the last four games that Fenerbahce have played and [coach] John Kennedy was over to watch the game at the weekend against Besiktas.

“So we know they have a lot of quality players and they are a good team when they are playing at their best, but we have also seen weaknesses that we are hoping to exploit.

“Fenerbahce are a much more experienced team than Ajax. We are meeting players who have been in the game for many years and it is a team put together to perform now and win things, so it is going to be tough.”

Deila is optimistic over Celtic’s chances, particularly due to their strong home record – his players have not lost at home in a competitive game since a 1-0 loss to St Johnstone back in March. 

“We have played a lot of games in Europe now and won a lot of games lately so there is good confidence in the squad,” added the Norwegian.

“We know we are going to meet a good team and it is going to be a tough game, but when we are at our best – and I have said it before – we can beat anybody, especially here at Celtic Park.”

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