“That’s the secret,” Jota explains key ingredient to Celtic success

Celtic’s Superstar from Portugal opened up on Celtic’s recipe for success, and Jota reckons that Ange Postecoglou’s squad will continue to stick to it despite participation in the Champions League this season.

Although Celtic were eventually defeated in the latter stages of their opening Champions League Group stage match against Real Madrid, the opening 55 minutes of football showed that the team could compete at this level, playing some outstanding football, but ultimately just lacking that killer touch on the night.

Jota celebrates after scoring during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and theRangers at Celtic Park on September 03, 2022. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic took the game to the Spanish giants from the first whistle, backed by an incredible performance from the Celtic support, showed the world that Celtic Football Club belongs in the Champions League.

As of now, Celtic will be facing Livingston at Paradise on Saturday (that could be called off today after the death of the Queen), which will be followed by their second Group stage match against Shakhtar Donetsk in Warsaw. Word on that one is that the British clubs will be given an option by UEFA to postpone or play these games so it’s likely that the Celtic away gainst in Warsaw and Leipzig will go ahead.

Yesterday, Jota explained that the extraordinary football shown by Ange’s squad is due to the mentality of the players. As reported by the Scotsman. “That’s the secret. That’s really how we think,” Jota said.

“People often think that the only important thing is the Champions League, but it’s not. Every game counts for us. Now we are just going to rest and recover and think of the league game.”

Joao Neves Filipe Jota of Celtic celebrates scoring the second goal during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Rangers FC at on September 03, 2022.. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We knew that we had to have personality inside the pitch (against Real Madrid), we needed to remain humble and just to play our game and that’s what we tried to do.

“We know that we had our chances, we didn’t score, and we know that when these teams have their chances they take them, and that’s it. Next time, we just need to take ours.”

With this inside glimpse at the Celtic squad’s mentality, we can understand a little better why the Bhoys are playing so well so far this season. Hopefully, they will take on board the lessons they received from the opening match against Real Madrid and continue to play the way they have been, all that’s needed is the addition of that essential killer touch.

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  1. As well as taking their chances they need to pick the right pass to play; a few times in that game they lost their vomposure and tried rushing a pass to a heavily marked man when there were much better options around them that would’ve got them in behind Real’s defence.

    Some players first touch/control needs work too.

    In the defensive side, they need to get men back covering the goalmouth consistently during opposition attacks/quick counter attacks, rather than the last defensive line being caught short up the park chasing play back, which resulted in Real taking the lead and missing another chance after splitting them open.

    Going to ground diving in is not a good move either against top opposition, something that contributed to Madrid’s second.

    Their third goal was a thing of beauty, but again, the narrowness of Celtic’s backline made it possible, so a bit more defensive width is needed.

    The first half performance from Celtic was almost perfect, and they should be aiming for that level with the aforementioned in mind for future games; do that, and they’ll have a real chance against any opposition!