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Roberto Mancini: Zenit St Petersburg "played better than Celtic"

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Zenit St Petersburg boss Roberto Mancini insists that his side "played better than Celtic" in their Europa League last-32 second leg at the Krestovsky Stadium.

Zenit St Petersburg manager Roberto Mancini has stated that his side "played better than Celtic" in their Europa League last-32 second leg at the Krestovsky Stadium.

The Hoops led 1-0 from the first leg at Parkhead but were lacklustre in Russia as Branislav Ivanovic, Daler Kuzyaev and Aleksandr Kokorin turned the tie round in the hosts' favour.

Mancini was pleased with Zenit's display in Saint Petersburg as they sealed a 3-0 win on the night and a 3-1 aggregate victory, and blamed the first-leg defeat on not having played for two months given the Russian Premier League's lengthy winter break.

"We played better than Celtic," the former Manchester City boss told reporters. "I think we played good game in Glasgow, but it was the first game after the winter break.

"The games were different for this reason. We were so tired after 70 minutes, but that is normal.

"I don't feel that we can win because there are many strong teams and we are a young team."

Zenit return to action on March 3 with a league home game against Amkar Perm.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Zenit St PetersburgZenit17112426151135
2FC KrasnodarKrasnodar17103431131833
3CSKA MoscowCSKA178632381530
4Lokomotiv MoscowLokomotiv178452317628
5Spartak Moscow178452217528
6RostovRostov176651411324
7Rubin Kazan1741121513223
8OrenburgOrenburg166461715222
9Ural YekaterinburgUral176471828-1022
10Arsenal TulaArsenal Tula175662323021
11Akhmat GroznyAkhmat Grozny175661317-421
12Dynamo Moscow174851613320
13Krylia SovetovKrylia Sovetov165291022-1217
14FC UfaUfa173771218-616
15Anzhi MakhachkalaAnzhi174310925-1615
16Yenisey KrasnoyarskYenisey1724111128-1710

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