Defiant Rodgers optimistic of an upset

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is confident of staging an upset in Valencia if they can rattle the hosts with an early goal in their Europa League tie.

The Spanish side made a huge statement of intent towards a last 16 qualification by securing a 2-0 win in Glasgow last week.

Juventus are the only side to net more than once at the Mestalla this season in the Champions League with the host side keeping a clean slate in their last three home games.

But Rodgers has spurred his lads on ahead of Thursday’s second leg.

“The first goal in this game will be important,” Rodgers told Celtic’s official website.

“If we can get the first goal in the game, we don’t need to go flying in after that. We just need to settle ourselves into the game and find our confidence.

The former Liverpool boss reckons it would be a tough ask to get a result away from home citing the quality of the opposition.

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“We know it’s going to be a tough game. You can see the level that they’re at and the investment, everything is there to see that they’re an outstanding team.

“We have to go there with the belief and confidence that we can get a result. No matter how tough, we’ll go there and if we can get the first goal it can open things up for us.”

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