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Utrecht under no pressure
Published : 26 Aug 2010 06:48:18
According to their coach Ton du Chatinier Utrecht coach Ton du Chatinier wants to add to the pressure ahead of their Europa League game with Celtic by claiming the visitors need to salvage something in Europe after failing to make the Champions League group stages. He thinks a place in the Europa League group stages is be nothing more than a bonus for his own players. Neil Lennon's side take 2-0 lead from last week's first leg thanks to goals from Efrain Juarez and Georgios Samaras and are keen to finish the job in Holland. Du Chatinier said: "It's a hard job for us but Celtic have an absolute need to reach to group phase. For Utrecht, that means going through is a bonus. The pressure is all on the Scottish team, not on Utrecht. They are a very good team on the counter. We know of (Marc-Antoine) Fortune, we know of Samaras, and they will be very quick on the counter-attacks. It's important that we keep them at zero. That's our job, as well as to score goals. It will be very difficult against Celtic." However, he believes he saw enough from the the first leg to have some confidence in his players ability to turn the tie around. He went on: "We saw their weakness - but I won't tell you what it is. Maybe tomorrow night after the game I will tell you and it will be no problem." Asked if Utrecht can still progress despite the two-goal deficit, he pointed to the club's fans to make all the difference on the night. He said: "Why not? They had the crowd over there in Scotland and we now have the crowd here on our side in Utrecht. You have never heard the crowd here in Utrecht when we play at home. It's a little bit similar to what it's like in Scotland. Before the game last Sunday, you heard nothing more than 'Celtic, Celtic, Celtic.' We know the importance of the game and, after we have had a look at the team in training tonight, we will go to the stadium tomorrow night and see if we can beat Celtic. We had two faults for the defenders but we also had two or three chances in Scotland and we know we can also have chances tomorrow night and that we must score. It's a difficult job because Celtic lead 2-0 and it will be tough. But why not? I think in the first half we played very well and we saw that back on the DVD. Here, at home, we are very strong and we will try to score more goals than their two." Celtic do not have a good record away from home in Europe and Du Chatinier hopes that is one weak point his players can exploit. He said: "We are the same, away from home we are not so strong. But at home we are very tough to beat."