Brendan Rodgers defends Celtic tactics after 7-1 PSG defeat - 'We played five at the back, what do you want me to do? Play seven?'

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Brendan Rodgers was at a loss to explain how much more Celtic could have done to prevent the 7-1 drubbing by Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, posing the question as to whether he should have fielded seven defenders at the Parc des Princes.

Celtic went into their penultimate Group B game in the French capital sitting in third place, and took a shock lead in only the first minute when Moussa Dembele scored.

The visitors' joy was short-lived, however, as Neymar restored parity before he scored again and then further goals from Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani in the first half saw PSG go into the break 4-1 up.

The hosts emerged for the second period eager for more goals, and got them when Marco Verratti netted in the 75th minute before Cavani and Dani Alves scored to secure yet another big win for PSG in Europe's premier competition.

Rodgers insisted afterwards that his team did all they could to try and contain the Parisians' attacking threat, but said that even playing seven defenders at the back would not have stopped some of the brilliant goals that PSG scored.

He told BT Sport: "I don't know what you mean...what do you want us to do? We played five at the back - do you want me to play seven along the back, one midfielder, one goalkeeper and a striker?

"Sometimes you just have to take your hat off in terms of the quality. It's a top team with top players. Our players gave absolutely everything.

"They ran themselves into the ground. They fought. We got a great start in the game, we had confidence but we made mistakes which let them back in it.