Celtic hosts Italian champion Juventus today at Parkhead as the UEFA Champions League returns with the Round of 16. Speaking to reporters ahead of the first-leg clash, Juve coach Antonio Conte said he warned his team not to underestimate the Scottish champion, which defeated Barcelona, 2-1, at Parkhead en route to finishing second in Group G, just three points behind the La Liga giant.
“We have followed Celtic's progress and we know that we must be careful,” Conte said. “At home they will be very dangerous with their fans as a 12th man. We studied them a lot and know they will be a physical side who get most of their goals from set pieces.” He added: “There are not many teams who could beat Barcelona at home and lose so narrowly away.”
Meanwhile, Celtic coach Neil Lennon refused to call his team the underdog going into today’s game. "I think we have been (underestimated) throughout the whole campaign and going into this game we are being made out to be massive underdogs but I don't quite see it that way myself," Lennon said, adding, “it would be dangerous to underestimate Celtic. We have proved already this season that we can be a match for anyone."