Deila ready for Malmo mission

August 25, 2015
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Ronny Deila is upbeat about his side's chances of reaching the group stage of the Champions League because he thinks Celtic are a better team than Malmo.

Celtic hold a narrow 3-2 advantage from last Wednesday's first leg at Parkhead and are 1/2 to qualify for Thursday's group stage draw.

Deila's side appeared to be on course to ease past the Swedish side when they scored two early goals in last week's first leg but Malmo hit back well and Jo Inge Berget's stoppage-time goal has left the tie in the balance.

Deila, who hopes full-back Mikael Lustig will recover from a hamstring injury in time to play in Malmo, said: "It is like a final. If we get through we have reached one of our goals this season. We know that the quality we have in our team is enough when we are at our best.

"We showed at Celtic Park that we are a better team than Malmo. Now we are away it is going to be a different game but we have confidence that if we are at our best we can win the game.

"We need to win everything in Scotland and we have to get into the Champions League. That's how it is at Celtic. We hate losing and we haven't done that for a long time. There is pressure on us to win but we have that every time and we know how to deal with that."

If Lustig is not fit enough to feature in the match, Efe Ambrose or Saidy Janko are possible replacements at right-back.

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