Celtic has a 3-2 advantage over Malmo heading into the return leg of the Champions League playoff qualifiers. But Malmo says all the pressure is on Celtic.
Celtic won the first leg at home 3-2 at Celtic Park. And speaking ahead of the return leg on Tuesday, Malmo captain Markus Rosenberg told The Guardian that all the pressure is on the Scots.
“We have done it once and we can do it twice,” Rosenberg said. “But playing for a club in Sweden, there is never pressure to go to the Champions League because it doesn’t happen often.
“Having done it once, in your head, it is easier to do it a second time. There is no pressure but we know what we can do in this stadium and with these fans anything is possible. We have learned our lesson from the first game. Celtic will not go as offensively but we will be more offensive.”
Celtic dominated the opening minute of the first game and had a 2-0 lead after just 10 minutes. But Malmo played better and better as the games progressed and a brace from former Celtic player Jo Inge Berget means that Malmo only needs to win 1-0 at the Swedbank Stadium in Malmo to go through on the away goal rule.
Rosenberg, 32, has been a key player for Malmo since returning home from West Bromwich Albion and he played a big part in Malmo’s success last season when they managed to qualify for the Champions League group stage.
“They have a lot of good players, they are a good team and they had a good start in Glasgow,” Rosenberg said. “The rest of the game was equal but I see them as favorites tomorrow, being 3-2 up.
“But Salzburg were favorites and many teams were favorites here and lost, so I am looking forward to the game and hope that we can perform well.”