CELTIC stars Kieran Tierney and Olivier Ntcham both expressed their delight at the Champions League draw that has paced Celtic in Group B alongside Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Anderlecht.
All four sides, unusually for the Champions League, are actual Champions of their respective countries and that simply adds to the thrill for Celtic’s young left back who has no reason to fear anyone on a football pitch.
“We know we’ll be coming up against top-class players, but we won’t go in nervous or with any fear,” Tierney stated.
“Every European game is a big pressure occasion. You want to get into the Champions League and the qualifying games are pressure games, but we dealt with that and now we’re here.
“The high-pressure games we play in like semi-finals and Cup Finals give us great experience for moments like this.
“You saw what happened last year in the group. We had Manchester City and we drew with them twice, so it gives us confidence.
“Last year was the first taste of Champions League football for a lot of us and it’s good experience going into this season. We’re always confident – and why not? We’re here for a reason. We’ve done well in the qualifiers, so we’ll go in there confident, work hard on the training ground and do our best.
”It’s a hard draw, but you’re going to get that in the Champions League and we’re looking forward to it.”
His teammate Olivier Ntcham is likewise delighted with the draw. He had spoken ahead of yesterday’s draw in Monaco about his wish to play his own boyhood heroes PSG so it is a dream come true for the 21-year-old midfielder
“It’s a very exciting draw and I’m quite happy because, coming from Paris, I wanted to play against PSG. It’s a little bit special for me because when I was young I was a big fan of PSG, but this will be the first time I’ll have played against their first team.“I wanted to play against PSG, but I wasn’t exactly praying to be drawn with them, you understand? But I’m very happy with that. I watched their games on television, never in the stadium, and I never signed for the club when I was a kid because I didn’t actually take up football until I was 10 years old.
“That’s quite late, yes, but before that I was a breakdancer. It was between breakdancing and football! I also liked boxing – Mike Tyson was my hero. I performed a breakdancing act with my older brother – he still does it. We used to breakdance outside, in front of people, putting on shows in the streets. I’ve not shown my dancing skills here yet, I have not even told my team-mates I do it.
“I never watched a PSG in person as a youngster, only on television. This time, all my family will be very excited. I want to play in front of them, it’s always good. It will be very emotional for them when I play at the Parc des Princes and they will be full of pride. My hero as a kid was Pauleta, the striker. I loved him when he was on the pitch.
“When I was young, in Canada, I actually wanted to stop football to play basketball instead. But my mother said: ‘No, you don’t stop, you must continue playing football. It will be especially emotional for her now. I was 10, 11 years old in Canada. I feel I owe my mother a lot because she told me to stick with football.
“It has worked out so well.”
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