Juventus will enter the “lion’s den” on Tuesday when they take on a Celtic side flying the flag for Scottish football.
The Champions League last-16 first-leg tie in Glasgow is the fifth meeting between the proud old clubs and the first since 2001 when Celtic pulled off a shock. Celtic’s run to the knockout rounds for the first time in five seasons has been remarkable.
Ever since the draw for the last 16 was made, all eyes have been on Feb. 12 and Celtic manager Neil Lennon said the crowd would play a huge part.
“The players rested have been in great form for what will be a titanic game,” the Northern Irishman said.
“I’m always optimistic going into games and the crowd will play a huge part.
Antonio Conte’s Juventus beat Fiorentina 2-0 to open up a five-point lead in Serie A before turning their attention to Celtic.
New signing Nicolas Anelka, a veteran of many Champions League, has warned his new team mates that they are in for a big test.
“What Celtic have going for them is no pressure,” he said. “For the team that nobody expects to win there is a freedom for the players in the way they approach the game and sometimes that is when you can play your best football.
Juventus have midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah back but defender Paolo De Ceglie is not included because of a thigh injury.
Celtic, however, are unlikely to be able to call on Efe Ambrose after he helped Nigeria win the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.Reuters