Our game against Valencia on Thursday is going to be incredibly tough. The Spanish outfit have some great players, and despite their mixed form over the last few years, they’re still a really intimidating team to face.
However, we’ve got the experience of beating top European talent, and Brendan Rodgers is clearly using that as motivation as he looks to create a masterplan and beat the Spanish team.
As per the Celtic View (via the official Celtic website), he said: “Patience is part of the game. It’s up to us to ensure we go and deliver a game and an intensity in our game that gives the supporters that hope.”
He continued: “The [RB] Leipzig game was a wonderful demonstration of that, where we played really well in the game. We played ever so well but then got pegged back. They scored a goal that we could have defended better but then straight away we go and score.”
Certainly, we weren’t expecting much from that game against RB Leipzig, but we delivered, and that just goes to show how strong the team is.
It also helps that we’re at Celtic Park. Anything is possible when the Bhoys in the crowd are singing their hearts out, and we always seem to be that much more effective when we’re playing in front of our own.
That experience of playing against the German team will certainly help us this time. It’s not our first rodeo, of course, and to have that in the back of our minds is incredibly useful. It’s not going to be easy, but if the players remember that they’ve done it all before, that could be a big help for us.