Anderlecht’s stand in boss Nicolas Frutos has admitted that Paddy Roberts and skipper Scott Brown are the Celtic players he is concerned about before tonight’s Champions League showdown in Brussels.

“Celtic is not a typical Scottish team,” Frutos said. “It’s a good mixture between physical and technical play. The players who impressed me were Patrick Roberts and Scott Brown, the captain.

“I am confident. I’ve got a better feeling more than before our two last games. Now, I see more smiles in the dressing room. For this game, my players won’t have to be motivated.

“We will try to play our game but instead of talking about it now, I prefer to show it tomorrow on the pitch.

“Of course we are favourites because we are at home. If Celtic were at home in Glasgow they would be the favourites. Both teams know they can get points in this game, though.

“They have a good mix of experienced players and have speed up front. They play a modern type of game with physical force and organisation at the back. They will work hard and so will we.

“We know this game and the one in Glasgow will be key to deciding who finishes third. But we also know that the Champions League involves six finals and we have to perform to our best in each of them.”

A win tonight could see Frutos getting the manager’s job at Anderlecht on a permanent basis and the club have given each player a massive financial incentive to win the three points. 

“I want to remain head coach,” Frutos revealed.

“It’s  clear in my head. Do I feel the pressure? No, you always have to win in Anderlecht. I’m sure the fans will stand behind us. No, I don’t have a message for them. The most important message we will give them while playing.”


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