Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta celebrates after scoring.
Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta celebrates after scoring. Riccardo De Luca

Manchester City wary of wounded Celtic

FOOTBALL: Pablo Zabaleta has warned teammates not to take Celtic lightly when Manchester City heads to Glasgow for its Champions League clash tomorrow morning (AEST).

City won its 10th successive game at Swansea last weekend to kick off manager Pep Guardiola's reign at the club.

That included a 4-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach in the first Group C clash.

Celtic was humiliated in a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Barcelona in its Champions League opener but Zabaleta said it would be wrong to write Brendan Rodgers' team off, especially on home turf.

"People are saying that Celtic are the weakest team of the group but, believe me, we know it's going to be really hard because they're a really strong team when they play at home,” Zabaleta told reporters.

"The atmosphere in Glasgow is always incredible so it's going to be very tough.

"So we need to prepare well and make sure we can play in our best style of play to give ourselves the best chance of winning.

"We won't be thinking about what happened to Celtic against Barcelona - it's not easy to go to the Camp Nou and play against one of the greatest teams in the world, especially with the quality that Barca have at the moment.

"It's going to be a totally different game in Glasgow. I'm really looking forward to playing at Celtic Park because I have never been there before and the boys who have played there tell me the atmosphere is fantastic.”

In other clashes, Arsenal will take on Basel at the Emirates Stadium, while Napoli hosts Benfica.



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