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Rodgers: 'Exceptional' Celtic played their own game

The Celtic boss said a winning mentality was behind the 3-0 win over Anderlecht.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said his team's performance in the 3-0 win over Anderlecht was 'exceptional' and that the team had kept to their own style to ensure success.

Goals from Leigh Griffiths, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair gave the Scottish champions three vital points in their Champions League group in one of their most emphatic European victories in recent years.

Rodgers praised his team's composure and said that they had managed to impose their own way of playing on the match and had reaped the rewards.

"I thought it was exceptional if you think about how inexperienced we are at this level," he said.

"To play with that composure and I thought we really worked our way into the game. Some of our passages of possession to go and penetrate were very, very pleasing.

"I thought defensively we were excellent and how we pressed the game and had that courage to get up.

"The message to the players was to try and play how we play. Even though it's Champions League and it's the highest level, that's okay. We bring our game to it and if we can do that then we'll always have a chance of winning.

"I thought the players did that and the first goal was a great demonstration of the patience at that level and it was a great goal. From that, they really gained confidence."

The Celtic boss said that the performance showed the marks of a team that had built a winning mentality and a long unbeaten run in domestic football had underpinned the victory. He said that it would only give his players more confidence for the rest of their European campaign.

"I think it's just time, it's belief, it's also the winning effect that we have in terms of our domestic games," he said. "When you have that habit of winning and you train and work to win it gives you belief.

"Of course our first game in the competition wasn't so clever but this team and group have shown that they're always willing to learn and improve and tonight is a wonderful demonstration of that against the Belgian champions, who have some fantastic players.

"It's going to be vital for us. I think everyone had looked at this one as a real pressure game so there's huge applause due to the players for how they dealt with that."


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