7 February, 2013 - 10:54

Pirlo: "We are ready to go to battle"

Pirlo: "We are ready to go to battle"

Juventus midfielder is confident in the strength of his team ahead of the Champions League clash against Celtic.

Turin side star Andrea Pirlo claimed that Juve could not underestimate the Scottish team that defeated famous Barcelona in the group stage at Celtic Park. Neil Lennon’s side that surprised many by qualifying to the knock-out stage was drawn against Juventus in the last-16 clash of the Champions League.

“We saw that they defeated Barcelona in Glasgow, but Juve is prepared to adapt even more than Barcelona did,” stated the player in an interview to the Italian press.

Italy international underlined that Juve are determined to overcome Glasgow based side in order to continue their run in the major European tournament.

“If Celtic want to play football, we’ll play football. But if they want to battle, we are ready to go to battle,” emphasized Pirlo.

The midfielder acknowledged that the Scottish fans would put huge pressure on the Old Lady’s players, yet the playmaker assured: “I know that Celtic Park will be like a gladiator arena, but the team is ready. I’m sure the noise from the Celtic supporters will be crazy, but that will only make us more determined to go into battle.”

Juventus will play against with Celtic in the first leg of the last-16 on Tuesday 12 February.

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