Very few would have given Celtic any chance of being in their current position but they’re now squaring up to Juventus, who have the edge in nearly every department.
Celtic can beat Juventus by starting off with a solid home performance. Celtic is one of the only grounds in Europe where the best teams can go and get intimidated, causing a poor performance.
This is exactly what happened with Barcelona during the group stage and Celtic need to capitalise on this and have something to take back to Italy with them because the second game is going to be a lot more difficult.
They need discipline all over their side and they need leadership from key players such as Scott Brown. Brown has the ability to bark orders and demands the best from his side throughout the 90 minutes which is something that will help them retain their shape.
The discipline has to come in the defence; maintaining a solid back four, not dropping too deep and generally using common sense in a variety of different situations.
If Celtic do the basics of defending well then it gives them the best possible opportunity to keep a clean sheet which is the most important thing for them going into the second leg.
The manager Neil Lennon is also going to be very important if Celtic are to win this game. He needs a clear and precise game plan which he can use and he needs his team to ensure that little goes wrong which means straying from it.
Lennon has never been the best manager in terms of switching tactics in the middle of a game to punish the opposition, so the team have to perform for him and have to make his original game plan work.
Taking the chances Celtic get is also how they will beat Juventus. It may sound like an obvious point but the strikers need to be switched on all the time because there may not be too many opportunities to score goals.
It’s vital they can take advantage of even the most remote half chance because if they don’t, they could struggle over the tie. Juventus will be thinking the exact same thing with their attack.
They also need to start well in the first game and put Juventus on the back foot. If they can knock the Italians early on then they can press the wound to hammer home their advantage.
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