"A tough challenge" - Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr gives his Celtic verdict

By Lewis Laird

September 5, 2022

Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr is expecting a difficult test tomorrow evening as the winger prepares to take to Celtic Park.

The 22-year-old is seen as one of the modern superstars in this Madrid side, and he helped fire them to a 14th Champions League trophy earlier this year.

Now, the Brazilian internationalist will be once again looking to make his mark on the world’s most prestigious club competition.

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The Spanish giant’s kick-off the 2022/23 Champions League campaign in Glasgow, against Celtic, with the Hoops making their return to the competition for the first time in five years.

Ange Postecoglou and his squad will be looking to spring a surprise result that would send shockwaves across Europe.

Speaking to the press ahead of Tuesday’s fixture, Vinicius Jr provided his thoughts on what he expects Celtic to bring and insisted it is going to be a ‘difficult game’ due to the famous atmosphere at Paradise.

He said [Real Madrid]: Obviously, it’s a great team. I am looking forward to playing here, I’ve heard good things, and I’ve heard that there is a lot of pressure playing in this stadium. There is a great atmosphere.

“I saw at the weekend, these guys (Celtic) won 4-0 in a big derby. So, it’s going to be a tough challenge for us, but hopefully, we can come away with the three points and get our first victory in this season’s Champions League campaign.”

He continued: “It’s a very strong team. They run hard and are very physical. To be honest, I haven’t seen many of their games. So, I probably should watch a few more before tomorrow’s game.

“But, we are going to turn up and play our normal game, and it’s the other team who needs to adapt to us, we are not adapting to anyone.”

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With just under 24 hours until the game at Celtic Park gets underway, the excitement continues to build ahead of the Hoops’ long-awaited return to the UEFA Champions League.

In the past, we have seen some special nights at Paradise against some of the world’s best sides. So, Ange Postecoglou will be hoping his team can create some famous memories of their own.

The Bhoys couldn’t have been handed a tougher test than the current holders of the Champions League. But, I am sure the Celtic boss will have his players buzzing for the game and challenging Real right from the off.

Some of the best players in the world, such as Vinicius and Karim Benzema may be on shown. But, the noise created by the Celtic fans will be in support of Postecoglou’s squad, who will be hoping to pull off a shock at an early stage in the competition.

In other news, Carlo Ancelotti assesses Celtic’s threats as he reflects on previous Paradise experiences.