Champions League: Celtic 'stronger' for latest tilt, says Lustig
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Celtic are unfazed at being tagged Champions League "underdogs", according to Mikael Lustig.
Neil Lennon's side get their Group H campaign under way against AC Milan in the San Siro on Wednesday.
And Swedish defender Lustig is relishing the chance to lock horns with Milan, Barcelona and Ajax.
"It will be really fun. Of course we're underdogs like last year but they're going to be massive games," he said.
Celtic, who progressed to the last 16 from a group comprising Barcelona, Benfica and Spartak Moscow last season, have lost Gary Hooper, Victor Wanyama and Kelvin Wilson to English clubs.
However, Lustig believes the current squad are more than capable of holding their own in Group H.
"We lost three good players but I think we have a better squad this season overall," the 26-year-old said.
"We have lost big players like Hoops, Victor and Kelvin were really good for us last season.
"But I think the whole squad is stronger. We are a really young squad as well and everyone is one year older as well."
Teemu Pukki, Derk Boerrigter, Steven Mouyokolo, Virgil van Dijk, Amido Balde, and Nir Biton have bolstered the squad.
Lustig said their display away to Benfica in last season's Champions League campaign was the one game where they did not feel they played to their capabilities.
"We won at Spartak and we were really close to taking points at the Nou Camp as well so of course our confidence is maybe better than it was last year," he added.
"It's going to be really hard but we have faith."
Lustig said Celtic would aim to secure points on the road in Group H, with the three fixtures in Glasgow certain to whet the appetite.
"Especially when we're playing at Celtic Park, we know we can beat any team," he added.
"Last year was the same. We're not going to be happy to play some decent football but go back to Glasgow with zero points."
The Swedish defender insists the pressure is on Milan ahead of the clash in the San Siro.
"If they don't manage to take three points they're going to look on it as a massive failure," he said. "But we have everything to win and it's quite nice to have it that way."
Let's spice things up a bit.
If you think the sevco fans are jealous of the Celtic press up.
If you are a sad jealous sevconite press down.
Let battle commence.
Celtic have a good chance on Wed of coming away with something and good luck to them. Most fans in Scotland will wish them well, however, grudging some of that may be.
Very very difficult group for a team with Celtic's resources and people should appreciate that..they won't but they should:)
Makes it that little bit more special when you see the pain some others are going through.
Anything 3rd and above would be a positive outcome. Difficult but far from impossible.
laugh at the sevco fans coming on having a go- u think in their state they would keep quiet
id rather get beat 4-0 off milan than be playing qos in the harry ramsdens cup.
Sevco..... they just keep giving.
There are only 3 people on here just now
And fortuna you have a score of plus 3
So unless you are voting for yourself then there is a ghost on here
Woooooooo. Oo ooo pooh
this guy is a spotty adolescent who is a wanabee wum, but...
He can't use the english language very well and knows nothing about football.
He is best ignored or scolded like all naughty children.
(But,if he is an adult... you're correct about the medication!)
He is just an attention seeker.
She has a 5/1 chance of being a murderer and she's got avdodgy knee after a rough tackle from Neal cooper the blond poodle of the granite city.
I would imagine all forms of hygiene.
Lustig is correct, we don't have anything to fear from AC Milan I think a draw is probable, a win possible and a defeat unthinkable.
Then there's Mrs peacock professor plum and miss scarlet.
Fat sally can be professor plum
Ian currant as miss scarlet
Him that used to be a coach at Celtic can be Mrs peacock
OK guys roll the dice
Fortuna d your first
I much prefer colonel mustard.
Easterly winds blowing at gale force over Cheshire.
Look out for flying smiling cats
And Anthony stokes is the king.