UEFA Champions League: Efe Ambrose upbeat ahead of Benfica clash

Efe Ambrose [Photo: mtnfootball.com]

Celtic will meet Benfica at the UEFA Champions League.

Super Eagles defender and Celtic of Scotland player, Efe Ambrose, is positive of a good result against Benfica in the UEFA Champions League clash billed for Tuesday in Portugal.

The optimism comes after he returned to winning ways in the SPL with Celtic in a 2-0 win against Aberdeen at Pittodrie. It was Celtic’s first victory in four league matches, moving them back to the top of the table.

The Super Eagles defender believes the win is the confidence boost his side needed ahead of Tuesday when Celtic takes on Benfica in the UEFA Champions League.

“To get back to winning is a great feeling,” he told his team’s official website. “The past two or three games in the league have not been good for us. We’ve lost points and conceded goals, but this is football. We had to be patient and take our chances when they came.

“The manager asked us to be patient, because the goals would come, even if it took until the 95th minute.”

And the goals did come, in the second half, courtesy of substitute Lassad and former Dons defender, Charlie Mulgrew.

The Hoops flew to Portugal Monday morning, with the victory fresh in their minds and they will take that boost ahead of the European clash this week.

But after a goal-less draw at Celtic Park at the start of the tournament, Ambrose isn’t expecting it to be easy against the Lisbon side.

“We know the Benfica game is going to be another difficult game for us,” he said. “We are going to work hard to maintain the same levels we have been used to in the Champions League.

“We are not going there to lose. They are a good team and they have great fans and a good atmosphere, but they know that Celtic are not just there to be run over. We have beaten Barcelona and Spartak Moscow, so it will be a different atmosphere,” Ambrose said.

The defender said his team was determined to get a victory since a victory would ensure an exit for their opponents in a group that has former European Champions, Barcelona.


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