Portuguese men of war are ready

BENFICA coach Jorge Jesus has warned Celtic to expect a display of Portuguese passion to match anything at Parkhead in tonight's Champions League clash at the Stadium of Light.

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Benfica manager Jorge Jesus says Celtic will enter a Champions League cauldron tonight
Benfica manager Jorge Jesus says Celtic will enter a Champions League cauldron tonight

Jesus was impressed with the atmosphere at Celtic Park when his side battled to a goalless draw in their Group G opener in September.

With two games remaining, Benfica have to beat Neil Lennon's side to have any hope of getting through to the knockout stages of the competition.

Jesus said: "There is a great atmosphere at Celtic Park, it is an example to all clubs.

"All clubs should have that passion for football and that passion for the players but tonight they are going to play at our stadium and it has a similar atmosphere.

"Celtic fans sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' and tonight Benfica won't walk alone, we will have our supporters helping us. Celtic are now stronger away from home, but they are very balanced, they are strong at home as well.

"They are better positioned to win right now but we have three teams who are on the same level, Celtic, Benfica and Spartak, but Benfica have the chance to move forward."

The Benfica gaffer says he is expecting a pragmatic defence-orientated approach from the Parkhead men.

Jesus said: "I think their Plan A will be to play a balanced defensive game because a draw could see them qualify.

"We are ready for whatever strategy they come up with. Celtic are strong in the air and scored twice against Barcelona that way.

"They'll sit back against us but not as deep as they did against Barcelona, because no one can play like them. They may try to take advantage of set-pieces."


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