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  • Ntcham: Celts relishing PSG challenge

    Ntcham: Celts relishing PSG challenge

    By: Mark Henderson on 11 Sep, 2017 18:02

  • ALTHOUGH Paris Saint-Germain have lavished a fortune on some of the world’s greatest players, Olivier Ntcham insists that these hefty price-tags will mean nothing when he lines up against them on the pitch in tomorrow’s UEFA Champions League Group B opener in Paradise.

    PSG broke the world transfer record to bring Neymar to the Parc de Princes from Barcelona in the summer and they followed that up by spending another eye-watering sum on French teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.

    They added to an already stellar squad of international talent at the Ligue 1 side which includes the likes of Edinson Cavani, Marco Verratti and Julian Draxler.

    But Ntcham is adamant that he and his Hoops team-mates won’t be fazed in the slightest at going head-to-head with these superstars.  

    He said: “I will be delighted to play against PSG, they have a great group of players and it doesn’t matter how much they have spent as all players are equal. It doesn’t matter how much money you cost as on the pitch everyone has two feet and two hands when we play.

    “They are an exceptional bunch of players but we need to exploit the ball well once we get hold of it. Being more aggressive and playing our own game is key towards winning tomorrow."

    The 21-year-old, who grew up in the suburbs of Paris, is relishing the prospect of going up against the team he grew up supporting.  

    He said: “I am very excited to play against Paris Saint-Germain because previously I was a supporter of Paris and, for me, to play against them is not a dream but it’s close to it.

    “For my friends and family it’s like a dream as everyone would watch them on TV and, although they have spent money, once we are on the pitch, we are all the same and I have to play my game.

    Ntcham is also looking forward to sampling the atmosphere of another big European night at Celtic Park but he is confident he won’t get carried away with the emotion of the occasion.

    “Anything can happen and I know the atmosphere is going to be unbelievable," said the midfielder. "It’s truly unique in the world and it’s absolutely incredible. I’m excited but I’m always calm when I play.

    “I think we have to play our game and even if we win or lose tomorrow, we still have five games to play against big clubs, and it’s always good to play against good teams.”

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