Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti reacts to Celtic draw

By Lewis Laird

August 26, 2022

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted his side must be wary of travelling to Glasgow to take on Celtic in the Champions League group stages.

On Thursday afternoon, the Hoops were drawn alongside the current holders of the most prestigious club competition in the world.

Joining them in Group F will also be RB Leipzig and Shakthar Donetsk as all four sides battle it out for a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

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Of course, the Spanish side are expected to be heavy favourites within the group, having lifted the iconic trophy a total of 14 times, five of which have come in the last nine seasons.

However, speaking in the aftermath of the Champions League group stage draw, Ancelotti admitted his side must be wary of the clubs they are going to come up against, including Celtic.

Despite winning last year’s competition, Real have shown they can be vulnerable, having lost out 2-1 to Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol on home soil.

And the legendary Italian boss, who has himself lifted the Champions League trophy four times, stated that Real Madrid will face ‘complicated environments’ when they travel to Glasgow, with the world-renowned electric atmosphere at Celtic Park providing a further test for the La Liga side to deal with.

He said [@MovistarFutbol]: “It’s a different group because in two months we played every game, and last year, in the simplest game against Sheriff – at the Bernabeu – we lost it.

“That’s why you have to be careful. There will be complicated environments, and it will not be easy to play in Glasgow, in Leipzig. We have to respect the group just as our opponents respect Real Madrid.”

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Another legendary figure at the European giants, Emilio Butragueño, reflected on the difficulties that Real Madrid may face within this Champions League group.

The former striker, who racked up over 400 appearances for Los Blancos and now currently holds the role of director of institutional relations at the club, stated that every minute in each game could be crucial, namechecking the Celtic Park atmosphere as he gave his reaction to Real’s opponents in the draw.

He said [Sport.es]: “We have to face the competition with enthusiasm after a magical season. We’re going to try to put the same fighting spirit and win on the pitch and go through the phase.”

“Leipzig is a team that reached the semifinals a few years ago. With the Shakhtar, we already know each other; we have played many times against them. And Celtic already know the atmosphere they have at home. It’s a special competition, every minute, I could be decisive.” 

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Celtic set for exciting Real Madrid match-up; Parkhead atmosphere will have a big part to play.

After lifting the Scottish Premiership title last campaign, the excitement has been building for Celtic’s return to the Champions League group stage.

And today, the Bhoys discovered their opponents, which included an unfamiliar name in Real Madrid within their group.

Over the years, we have faced many top sides. But the Spanish giants were always a club we somehow seemed to avoid, drawing similar teams, such as Barcelona.

Now, Ange Postecoglou’s side has a shot at the current holders of the Champions League, and Celtic supporters are buzzing to see the Hoops go up against Los Blancos.

Senior figures at Real, such as Ancelotti, are well aware of what lies ahead for them when they travel to Glasgow for a European night under the lights at Celtic Park.

It should prove to be a brilliant occasion, which is one fans already cannot wait for, and the Parkhead faithful are going to have a big part to play in putting Madrid off their game on what could be a special night at Paradise.

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