Celtic manager Ronny Deila believes that his side’s Europa League clash against Inter Milan is like a Champions League tie.
Scottish Premiership champions Celtic have been drawn against the Italian giants in the round of 32 of the European competition.
It is a glamour tie and promises to be hugely competitive, with Deila now saying that it will have the atmosphere of a Champions League game.
“It’s maybe the biggest name and biggest club we could have got,” Celtic’s official website quotes the Norwegian as saying. “Inter Milan is a very big name and we are very excited and looking forward to the game.
“This is a Champions League game, when you think about the team we are meeting. It was only four years ago they won the Champions League. It will be a full house and we will be preparing hard to get as good as possible for that game.
“That’s what we train for all the time and reason I came here as well – to experience the biggest games and play the best teams.”
The tie between Celtic and Inter will indeed have a feel of Champions League about itself, but at the end of the day, it will be a Europa League clash.
True, Inter won Europe’s premier club competition under Jose Mourinho in 2010, but over the last four years they have dramatically fallen off their pedestal.
The fact that the Nerazzurri could not qualify for this season’s Champions League shows that they are not going too strongly.
With Roberto Mancini at the helm, the Inter fans will certainly hope for improvement in results, but when all is said and done, the tie against Celtic is a round-of-32 clash in the Europa League, Europe’s ‘secondary’ club competition.