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Rodgers tells players not to feel too downhearted

Celtic had a night to forget as they suffered a heavy loss on Tuesday, falling 7-0 to Barcelona at Camp Nou to open up Champions League play.

Lionel Messi grabbed a hat-trick, while Luis Suarez scored a brace and Andres Iniesta and Neymar also finding the back of the net. Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said that the loss stings, but that they shouldn’t feel too downhearted by the defeat.

“Of course professionally, it’s never nice when it happens,” Rodgers told the club’s official website. “In the first period of the game our set-up and organization was good.

“We gave away a goal very early which is certainly what you don’t want to do here but I felt we came back into the game. Once we got a bit of belief and confidence to actually pass the ball then we started to open up and create opportunities.

“There was a massive moment in the first half and if you get the penalty and get it to 1-1, you could make the crowd a bit nervy, especially after the weekend loss. But to then very quickly go 2-0 down was very disappointing.

“But we came in at halftime and we looked at the game and we knew the next goal was going to be very important.

“And of course they got the third goal and then there was that combination of tiredness, mixed in with their quality and freshness.

“These are top-class players and they have done that to much better teams than ourselves and by the time the game comes to an end you are frustrated and disappointed.

“You can’t be too downhearted. It doesn’t matter if we were playing Barcelona or Berwick Rangers, you are playing for professional pride and no professional likes to lose like that, even though you are playing against a team of world class players.”

Rodgers tells players not to feel too downhearted

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