Griffiths: Anderlecht win is massive confidence boost

first_img“We knew how important these games against Anderlecht were going to be and it was important that we get a positive result. But to get 3-0 and keep a clean sheet was absolutely fantastic.“I think everybody was looking at the Anderlecht games to keep us in European competition after Christmas. We’ve had a great start tonight and we’ll look forward to Bayern next month.” Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths put his side on the road to a memorable 3-0 win over Anderlecht and said the victory will give them confidence to achieve even more in Europe.The result moved Celtic up to third in Champions League group F but Griffiths said that the performance would build belief that the side could shine at the elite level.“It’s going to be massive,” he said. “We showed everyone tonight that we can go away from home and get a victory and play the way we did. “We were sloppy at times in possession but going forward we’re a real threat. “It’s a great feeling. It’s a long time since we’ve won away from home in the Champions League so to come to this venue, score three goals, keep a clean sheet and play the way we did I think is a great performance.”A 5-0 defeat in the opening match against Paris Saint-Germain had left Celtic at the bottom of the table but the games against third seeds Anderlecht were considered by many to be a marker for how the team had developed, as well as being crucial for any hopes of continued European football in the second half of the season.Griffiths said that the manner of the victory put the side in a good place and had him looking forward to their next Champions League match. “[We needed to show mental strength], especially given the result in the first game,” he said. “We knew we were going to be up against it there and PSG are a top class side. You’ve seen tonight that they’ve beaten Bayern Munich 3-0.last_img

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