Celtic Manager Ange Postecoglou Issues Warning to Real Madrid Ahead of UEFA Champions League Fixture

Celtic Manager Ange Postecoglou Issues Warning to Real Madrid Ahead of UEFA Champions League Fixture

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:10 PM
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  • Celtic captain Callum McGregor wanted to face Real Madrid before the Champions League draw was done
  • Celtic and Real Madrid were both drawn in Group F alongside Shakhtar Donetsk and RB Leipzig
  • Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has motivated his squad and sent Real Madrid a warning ahead of their game

Many sides would be scared to take on defending UEFA Champions Leagues title holders, Real Madrid.

Los Blancos have won the Champions League, La Liga, UEFA Super Cup and are unbeaten in the Spanish leagues thus far.

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Celtic are gearing up for their game against Real Madrid and their manager, Ange Postecoglou, has sent a warning to the defending champions. Image: Rob Casey/ Eric Alonso
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One side who are looking forward to the prospect of facing the champions, though, is Celtic. The Scottish side are also unbeaten this season and scored a 9-0 victory over Dundee United this past weekend.

Ange Postecoglou, Celtic’s Australian coach, is now relishing the chance to play against Madrid, Sport Bible reported. The two sides were drawn together in Group F along with Shakhtar Donetsk and RB Leipzig.

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“What you want to make sure is that when you have these opportunities, it's better to swap shirts with players you admire after you've knocked them off, rather than just grabbing one for your collection,” Postecoglou said.

Celtic are currently on a 37-game unbeaten streak and could cause an upset in the Champions League. Ironically, before the Champions League draw was done, club captain Callum McGregor admitted that he would love a crack at the champions, the Metro reported.

Celtic legend Chris Sutton also believes that his former side has the potential to give Madrid ‘a bloody nose.’ Celtic will host Madrid on September 6 at home in the opening game of Group F, hoping that they can make home ground advantage count.

Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos doesn’t think that will make a difference, though.

As reported by the Daily Record, Kroos admitted that Los Blancos were comfortable playing away from home and knew how to soak up the pressure and target their opponents once they tire.

The huge amount of bonus each Real Madrid player earned after Champions League glory revealed

Each Real Madrid player reportedly pocketed a whopping €900,000 gross in bonuses for winning four titles in the 2021-22 season.

The Los Blancos were crowned champions in Spain after they won the Spanish Primera division and the Spanish Super Cup.

Carlo Ancelotti's men also secured the 14th UEFA Champions League title after they defeated Liverpool 1-0 in the final in Paris.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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