Inter's Roberto Mancini looks forward to noisy Celtic Park

Roberto Mancini takes Inter training at Celtic Park
Roberto Mancini led the Inter players in training at Celtic Park on Wednesday evening
Celtic v Inter Milan, Europa League last 32
Venue: Celtic Park Date: Thursday 19 February Kick-off: 20:05 GMT
Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW & DAB digital radio; live text commentary on BBC Sport website

Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini believes the atmosphere generated by the Celtic fans in the Europa League first leg could inspire his own team.

There will be about 60,000 supporters at Celtic Park for the last-32 tie.

"It will be a great atmosphere and Celtic is quite right to use that to their advantage," said Mancini.

"It will help our players. It will be a good experience for them. It is 11 versus 11 and it could be something that could work to Inter's advantage."

The status of the match has been enhanced by the memories of 1967, when Jock Stein guided Celtic to a 2-1 win over Inter in Lisbon to become the first British club to win the European Cup.

"I am proud to be Inter manager. This match will be a great event," added the former Manchester City manager.

"To have our team play in front of 60,000 fans is something that we have maybe lost a little in Italy in recent years.

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Lisbon Lions rate Celtic's chances versus Inter

"But I will be more proud if Inter wins and we can make our fans happy."

Mancini stressed the importance of the Europa League to his team and admits he has ambitions to win the trophy.

"We'd like to win [the tournament], for many reasons," he said.

"We have to take one match at a time. There are four more rounds. This is an important match, we will try to win it, then we'll see. All the teams in the competition at this stage would like to win it."

The Italian is expecting a tough match, but not necessarily an overly physical encounter.

He said: "I think that Scottish football has improved a lot in the last few years.

"It is better for teams to play the way Celtic are playing at this moment, because you can win if you play good football.

"Celtic have good technical players, they don't play classic long-ball football.

"They try to play on the ground so I think it will be a difficult match."

Mancini recalled, while being at City, a visit from Deila when the Norwegian was boss of Stromsgodset and studying different managers and their training methods.

"I remember him very well," he said. "Ronny came to see the training; there were a lot of young managers who came to Manchester.

"He is a young manager but looking at his team, he is a good manager because they play very good football."

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