'Perfect' – Former Bayern star makes big claim about Rodgers ahead of Celtic CL clash
By James Black
Former Bayern Munich star Owen Hargreaves has revealed he “admires” Brendan Rodgers for the way the Northern Irishman gets his team playing – and believes Celtic and Rodgers are a “match made in heaven” and “perfect” for each other.
Rodgers moved to Scotland a few months after being sacked as Liverpool manager and has been an undoubted success for the Hoops.
The Glasgow giants won an unbeaten domestic treble in Rodgers’ first season in charge and are looking to repeat the feat this term.
Rodgers has also taken the Hoops to the group stages of the Champions League in successive years although has enjoyed much different results in Europe than he has domestically.
The Hoops take on Hargreave’s former side – the BT Sport pundit won the Champions League with Bayern – on Tuesday night and the ex-England international was full of praise for the Celtic manager.
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“Everybody admires the job he has done,” Hargreaves told the official Celtic website.
“At Liverpool, they played wonderful, attacking football and his philosophy is 100 per cent clear even to the point where Celtic tried to do it similarly in the Allianz Arena against Bayern against PSG.”
“Brendan and Celtic were a match made in heaven at the time. Brendan had left Liverpool and he was looking for something special and he and Celtic were perfect for each other.”
The Scottish champions lost to Bayern in the Allianz Arena a few weeks ago and will be desperate to take something from the Germans as the look to secure European football after Christmas.
Rodgers’ side are unbeaten in 62 games domestically but have found themselves on the wrong end of a few heavy results in Europe – Barcelona beat them 7-0 last season and PSG won 5-0 earlier in the campaign – so Rodgers will need to hope his side aren’t on the end of another big defeat.
A win against the Bavarians would almost certainly guarantee Celtic’s place in the Europa League knockout rounds ahead of a trip to Paris and a final game showdown with Anderlecht.