Celtic winger compares Rodgers (favourably) with Guardiola

Date published: Wednesday 8th November 2017 10:24

Patrick Roberts has credited Brendan Rodgers with changing the mentality of the Celtic squad after setting a new domestic record at the weekend.

Rodgers has yet to lose a domestic match since taking charge of the Parkhead club last year, and with last week’s win over St Johnstone, broke a 100-year-old British record by going 63 games unbeaten. When will he end his self-imposed Premier League exile?

Roberts, who re-signed for the Hoops after developing into an important player on an 18-month loan prior to this season, says the former Liverpool boss has been hugely important in the run.

“Our willingness to win every game and to not lose has probably got us this far,” he said. “And the manager is instilling that in us from the get-go.

“From last season and this we’ve had the same mentality and focus all year round, and that in itself is why we’ve been so successful.”

The 20-year-old winger, who expects to be fit to return after the international break following a niggle, believes his Celtic manager has similarities to Pep Guardiola, who is in charge of parent club Manchester City.

He said: “In the Premier League, Guardiola is playing the football he’s played at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

“The gaffer here is similar, he tries to play football at every opportunity, even when we’re under pressure, and he’s instilled that in every player.

“We’re always getting better at it and you see in the Bayern game we controlled the game at times and that’s down to the manager.”

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