Edward Chilufya of potential Euro opponents Djurgardens is sure of beating Celtic to group stages
Djurgardens midfielder Edward Tiger Chilufya has perhaps overconfidently claimed that his side will definitely reach the Champions League group stages.
Celtic could meet the Swedish champions in the second qualifying round of Europe’s premier club competition.
However, that will depend on both sides knocking out their first-round opponents. Celtic will host Icelandic champions KR Reykjavik on Tuesday, whilst Djurgardens travel to Hungarian side Ferencvaros.
Yet, despite Djurgardens having two away matches before they even reach round three, Chilufya certainly hasn’y been shy in expressing his confidence.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, the Zambia international said: “We will go to the Champions League Group Stages. I’m absolutely sure of that. We have been incredible recently.
“I don’t say in an arrogant way, it’s just I am completely convinced of the players at this club’s ability. Ferencvaros and then Celtic won’t be easy, but this has been our dream and we want to be a big part of this big tournament.
“It’s my first time in the Champions League. But I know for sure we will reach the Group Stages. This is a great opportunity for us. The single matches will suit us and anything can happen in football as Bayern Munich showed the other night.”
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There’s no doubt this is just the Zambia international showing some confidence. It won’t be meant in an arrogant way and will just be some soundbites to increase the morale in the Djurgardens dressing room.
However, his overexcitement here could easily come back to bite him. As Chilufya says, this will be his first time in the Champions League if they qualify. The same goes for Djurgardens as a club – they’ve never reached the groups.
They’ve only played one Scottish team in their entire history – Hibs. Those games came in the 1955/56 European Cup quarter-finals. Hibs won both legs, with the two matches played in Scotland.
Therefore, Chilufya’s confidence certainly doesn’t come from what Djurgardens have achieved over the years in the Champions League.
Celtic have been bitten badly enough in Europe’s qualifying rounds in recent years to know that anything can happen in these matches. Bigging yourself up beforehand isn’t worth doing.
Hopefully, Chilufya and his Djurgardens team-mates are going to learn that same lesson.