Roberts: We can’t be slow out blocks

Evening Times - - SPORT - By SCOTT MULLEN

“Ab­so­lutely, the An­der­lecht­nder­lecht games are the key. Against PSG, if we turn up andnd have a bad day, and they have ave a good day, then that re­sult hap­pens.

“That’s the way it t is but we feel like we could uld have cre­ated a few w more chances against PSG if we’d played well.

“But if they turn up and play to that level, then it’s hard to stop.” PA­TRICK ROBERTS cursed Celtic’s slug­gish start against PSG that left the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons with the tough­est of moun­tains to climb on Tues­day.

But the Manch­ester City winger, who made his first Park­head bow af­ter re­turn­ing on loan for the sea­son, in­sists con­fi­dence in the Celtic camp over their Euro­pean pro­gres­sion has not been dented as a re­sult of the 5-0 thrash­ing.

Ney­mar put the Parisians 1-0 ahead on 19 min­utes but even be­fore that, the French out­fit had the ball in the net only for the flag to go up to deny Edin­son Ca­vani.

In truth, the home side never re­cov­ered from a whirl­wind start by the vis­i­tors.

Roberts said: “I thought we could have made it more dif­fi­cult for them from the first whis­tle, but that is some­thing that we need to learn. We need to go for it from the start.

“The first half was sloppy. We knew their qual­ity, the game plan was to try to keep the ball as much as we could but at the end of the day they are world class play­ers and they pun­ished us.

“You could sense that af­ter the game. We let our­selves down. We should have played more of our game.

“It doesn’t dam­age con­fi­dence, they are a top side who spend mil­lions on their team.

“Peo­ple ex­pect them to come here and put in a per­for­mance like that.

“We need to be at our best. And if you are not at your best they are go­ing to pun­ish you.”

Turn­ing his at­ten­tion to the game with An­der­lecht, the winger added: “It is not go­ing to knock our con­fi­dence, we will be sharp as ever go­ing into the next game. We will re­cover and go again. “Ev­ery game in this grou group is im­por­tant – they are all to tough teams, we kn know that. We n need to be 100 p per cent all the ti time.

“We have to be at it from the first whis­tle or else they wi will pun­ish us and PSGPS did that.

“W “Whether it is Ande An­der­lecht, PSG or Baye Bay­ern Mu­nich we have to be at our best best.”

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