Brendan Rodgers: Celtic must bring “A-game” against Manchester City

Brendan Rodgers: Celtic must bring “A-game” against Manchester City

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers speaks during a press conference on the eve of their UEFA Champions League match against Manchester City FC at Celtic Park on September 27, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers knows that his side must be at the top of their game if they are to compete with Manchester City on Thursday morning.

Rodger’s men suffered a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of FC Barcelona in their opening Champions League fixture, and the Northern Irishman is expecting just as tough of a challenge against an in-form Sky Blues side.

“Man City are a top team, everyone can see that clearly,” he said.

“They have that world-class ability, great individuals who are working hard.

“We know we have to bring our A game to have any chance and that is something hopefully we can do.

“The reality is if they bring their A game and we bring ours, they win. But we know we have to make it as uncomfortable as we can for them.

“As a coach and players these are the types of occasions and games that you look forward to and we look forward to it.”

The former Swansea and Liverpool boss is relishing the opportunity to take on Pep Guardiola, and believes his team can deliver against their fancied opponents.

“We have to ensure we are super-committed into our way of working and we know we have players that can give them a problem.” Rodgers explained.

“The level of play has gone up since Pep has come in. The intensity has gone up and they are a team working with one idea and they are a hard team to contain.

“We know it is going to be a difficult night but we know it is going to be a difficult night for them.”

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