Wednesday 15 August 2018

Celtic braced for a tough time against 'best of best'

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers. Pic: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers. Pic: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Jamie Holland

Brendan Rodgers believes Celtic will be coming up against the "best of the best" when they take on Paris St Germain at Parc de Princes tonight.

The Parkhead side lost 5-0 on match-day one of their Champions league campaign to the big-spending French club who, with four Group B wins out of four, have already qualified for the knockout stages along with second-placed Bayern Munich.

Rodgers put his side's task into context when he admitted that they could be in for another heavy defeat.

"Our last performance against Bayern Munich (lost 2-1) was excellent. If you don't get the result, for us, it is about taking pride in the performance. So that is something we hope we can achieve.

"But we understand that we are playing against a team that is arguably the best of the best, which is a huge challenge for every team they come up against, not just us.

"Their team has a hell of a chance of winning the competition.

"They have big-game experience and quality in every position - and that includes the bench as well.

"When you have the serious goal threat that this PSG team have, with Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe and this type of quality you can go anywhere knowing you can score goals and win games.

"We can be as good as we want to be but it may still happen.

"You only need to look at their results and how well they beat teams.

"It is a tough ask, but for us it is about having that personality and pride in how we play."

  • Paris-St Germain v Celtic, Live, BT Sport 7.45

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