PSG will be gasping for air like Man City - Celtic battle plan explained
By James Black
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is adamant his team will play without fear against Paris Saint-Germain in Tuesday’s Champions League tie at Celtic Park.
The Hoops face the French champions in their first game in this season’s group stage and Rodgers insists his team need to take their chances when coming up against PSG’s £360million strikeforce of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
“The level of performance sought against PSG is the one that had Pep Guardiola’s men gasping for air.” Rodgers told The Scotsman, as quoted by their website.
“Going into these games brings out a different part of our game.
“Domestically we dominate, we counter-press, we get the ball and we create lots of chances.
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“At this level we don’t have so many chances.”
Former Liverpool boss Rodgers has had mixed fortunes in Europe with Celtic since taking over from Ronny Deila last summer.
Back-to-back qualifications for the group stages of the Champions League have been countered a little by defeats to Lincoln Red Imps, Astana and a 7-0 humiliation by Barcelona.
Rodgers, however, isn’t going to abandon his philosophy of playing open, attacking football and trying to take the game to their opponents, telling The Scotsman: “I have a preference to how I work.
“It doesn’t mean it’s right or wrong but it’s how I do it.
“That way is to play with no fear, impose in an attacking way and fundamentally to defend with aggression.”
The Hoops warmed up for PSG’s visit in the best possible way with a convincing 4-1 win over Hamilton on Friday night thanks to goals from Stuart Armstrong, Odsonne Edouard and a Scott Sinclair double.
There could also be a big boost for Rodgers ahead of the PSG fixture with talisman Moussa Dembele returning to training last week and potentially available for Tuesday’s game.
In other Celtic transfer news, Chris Sutton has destroyed a defender for rejecting a move to Parkhead in the summer.