"Such a memorable experience"; Spanish manager's brilliant Celtic Park remarks
Armenia’s Spanish boss Joaquin Caparros took the time to discuss his Celtic Park experience in the run-up to last night’s game against Scotland at Hampden.
The experienced veteran was in charge when Sevilla came to Parkhead back in 2004 for Henrik Larsson’s testimonial. A sell-out crowd watched on an emotional occasion as a Chris Sutton goal secured the victory for the Celts in Henrik’s final game.
Caparros’ time with Sevilla was only one of 20 clubs he’s managed in a career that’s seen him take over at Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao, and Osasuna to name but a few.
However, still his one-off experience at Celtic Park stands out for him as he was left wowed by the atmosphere and the support of the Parkhead faithful.
As quoted by Football Scotland, Caparros said: “It was a very memorable experience for me. I was very impressed by the stadium and the Celtic supporters because every one who was in the ground seemed to be wearing a Celtic jersey for the match.
“It was such a memorable experience for me and a really nice memory from my career.”
Celtic Park continues to wow coaches and players around the world
No surprise really that this particular event stands out for Caparros. Especially given it was to celebrate one of the best strikers in world football at the time.
Celtic Park has had that effect on many players and coaches in the past. It just has the ability to absolutely dazzle thanks to the incredible support of the fanbase.
Expect plenty of these kinds of comments this year from opposition players and managers. Being back in the UCL always brings about a special atmosphere at Celtic Park.
We’ve heard it all before from the likes of Andres Iniesta, Kaka, and Lionel Messi just to name a few. So many big names in football have arrived in Glasgow and been blown away by their Parkhead experience.
Evidently, Caparros’ own taste of it has stuck with him. And nothing is a greater barometer of a club’s ground and atmosphere than praise from opposition staff.
Hopefully, we can use it to our advantage in Europe this year as we look to turn the place into a fortress once more.