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Celtic speed impresses Vilanova

Tito Vilanova is determined to take Scottish champions Celtic seriously when they clash in Tuesday’s Champions League Group G match.

Barcelona lead their section with six points from two games, while Celtic have four points, and the 44-year-old coach is adamant that his players will not underestimate the Hoops.

“Home games are very important in the Champions League,” Vilanova told reporters.

“If we win this one, we will take a huge step forward. Celtic drew at home to Benfica and beat Spartak and that’s a sign they are doing things well.

“Maybe people didn’t take Celtic seriously at the start of the season, but we do.

“Over the years there have been lots of examples of teams who have been written off and were dangerous.

“Celtic are very quick and good on the counterattack, so we have to take them seriously in the Champions League.

“There are four games left and anything can happen. We will see which two teams qualify.

“All the games are difficult and Celtic’s pace and the fact that they have tall players for set pieces are what worries me the most about them.

“I would prefer to win scoring the most possible goals and not conceding any, but when it comes down to it, I just want to win.”

Tue 23 Oct, 2012
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