Stiliyan Petrov Believes Celtic Can Topple Barcelona Again

Former midfielder sees Scots coming out on top.

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Ex-Celtic legend Stiliyan Petrov believes his old club will have nothing to fear having being drawn in the ‘group of death’, the Daily Star reports.

The Hoops have been drawn against AC Milan, Ajax and Barcelona in Group H of the competition and Petrov feels that they are more than capable of getting one over the Spanish giants once again having already done so last season.

“It’s a good group but Celtic should be very confident,” Petrov said.

“They have beaten these big sides before and I don’t think it will be a problem.

“They are capable of beating the likes of Barcelona again, especially here at Celtic Park.

“Every team that comes here can expect to have the crowd on their backs. They will never have experienced anything like that.

“Every player who has played here say the crowd is so intimidating so Celtic will fancy their chances of going through.”

Petrov spent seven years with the SPL champions earlier in his career before leaving for Aston Villa in 2006 and was watching when they overcame a two goal deficit against Kazakh side Shakhter Karagandy to win the return fixture 3-0.

And the electric atmosphere at Parkhead that night brought the memories flooding back for the Bulgarian, who was a part of the side that knocked Barcelona out of the Uefa Cup back in 2004.

“The one thing I remember was that we were defending most of the time,” he said.

“They were passing the ball round us for fun and we couldn’t get near them.

“But we had an exceptional team who defended well and kept a clean sheet and managed to punish them in the end.

“It will take the same thing this time around. Against Barcelona you are never going to dominate the ball. But the result is what is important and Celtic are capable of hurting them, especially at the set-piece.

“I think Lenny, the players and the fans will fancy Celtic to go through. They won’t give up until they are through.”

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