Efe: 'Celtic Happy Underdogs Vs Juve'
Posted: Dec 22, 2012
Efe Ambrose has said Celtic are happy to be the underdogs in a UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash against Italian champions Juventus.
Celtic on Thursday drew Juventus in the knockout stage of the Champions League with the first leg at home on February 12.
Nigeria international defender Ambrose said being underdogs would be good for his Scottish club as the pressure is now heavily on Juventus.
“We all know Juve are highly rated and will be the favourites against us, and that will only put them under pressure while we will be more relaxed,” Ambrose told MTNFootball.com
“Reaching this level of the competition is the result of hard work and God’s mercy, so that’s what we still do and hope for against Juventus.
“It will be a tough battle, but we are up to the task.”
He added: “Every team that reached the last 16 have to be strong. Juventus are a big team no doubt, but we are not afraid to face them. We respect them for their achievements but that’s that.
“We will put ourselves together to go past them because we have strong team who can take on any team in the world.
“My dream is to win the trophy and I am sure the same for my team mates.”
The other Nigerian in the competition is Chinedu Obasi, whose German Schalke 04 are up against Turkish champions Galatasaray.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon, who described the match-up as a “glamour tie”, said it would have been great if the first leg were away from Celtic Park, but added that his team hope to make the most of playing in front of their fans after they were unbeaten at home in the group stage of the competition and even accounted for mighty Barcelona at home.
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