Zubizarreta: “Celtic’s style of play is tough for us”
The Club’s Director of Football has warned : “it won’t be easy to win” in Glasgow and reminded fans that Celtic had only been beaten at the Camp Nou “with a last minute goal”
Andoni Zubizarreta spoke to the media just before flying off to Scotland this morning and he stressed the difficulties Tito Vilanova’s team face tomorrow night at Celtic Park: “we won with a last minute goal at the Camp Nou. It won’t be easy to win. Their fans get right behind them and their style of play is tough for us to deal with”.
Objective: topping the group
Zubizarreta insisted that the team’s objective at this stage of the competition has to be to ensure they win their group as soon as possible: “we want to top our group to guarantee a good draw in the next round. We’ll try and do that as quickly as we can”.
“Zubi” also referred to the team’s record start to the domestic season: “it’s great, but we aren’t trying to get records at this stage of the season - what we want is to ensure we get to April still in the fight for titles”.
Culture of home grown talent
Asked about the Club’s attitude to their academy, Zubizarreta explained: “the difference is that we have a culture of playing them. Barça have a culture of grooming home grown players and then we are brave enough to play them. As a Club, that’s what we promote and it’s given us great results over recent years. We understand the game in our own way and with a particular type of player”.