As reported by The Daily Mail, Bayern Munich star Thiago has spoken about the challenge that Celtic pose when the two sides meet in tonight’s UEFA Champions League action.
After beating Anderlecht on the last matchday, Celtic travel to Germany this evening with the pressure off. Third place in the group has been seen as the priority for Brendan Rodgers’ men and that win in Belgium put them well on their way, with the match against the Germans unlikely to harm their chances whatever happens.
Expectations of a Celtic result against the Bundesliga side are low, but one star player for Bayern knows that you can never write the Hoops off.
Midfielder Thiago was at Barcelona when Neil Lennon’s Celtic team shocked the world with a 2-1 win over the Spanish giants in 2012 and the 26-year-old has warned against taking Celtic for granted when they visit the Allianz Arena.
As quoted by The Daily Mail, he said:
It shows what can happen in any game. For sure, that could happen to us again, but we will prepare well for the challenge. We will look at all aspects of the game against Celtic and we’ll be ready for them. I expect a tough game against Celtic. They are a good team and it will be like a game against an English team. For me, playing Celtic is like playing against the teams from the Premier League. They are always great games and Celtic will be difficult opponents.
While Celtic fans will no doubt get a buzz from hearing an elite player speak in pretty glowing terms about their team, the fact Bayern know exactly how dangerous they can be could work against the visitors.
The Hoops’ best chance of picking up a result tonight is if Bayern are not at the top of their game. That’s unlikely to happen if they are as motivated for the visit of Celtic as they would be if the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea or Manchester United came calling.
Complacency is a real danger in these matches for big teams and Brendan Rodgers’ team could have exploited that. Tonight is about as difficult a test as you can get in world football, against a motivated Bayern Munich, re-energised by the appoint of Jupp Heynckes.
Can Celtic capture lightning in a bottle like they did against Thiago’s Barcelona all those years ago? That’ll be the hope.