Celtic vs Real Madrid: Predicted lineups, confirmed team news, injury latest for UEFA Champions League

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Kyogo Furuhashi will be ready to face Real Madrid as  Celtic return to UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday night.

Ange Postecoglou, a glamor tie for the Scottish champions, has pledged to take charge of Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who lifted their 14th European crown in May.

“There’s no point in playing football a certain way and then when you get the chance to play it against the best, you avoid it,” the Australian said.

“You could go out there tomorrow and limit the damage and you could win if you play a different way, but have you really tested yourself? I think not.

“We go out there tomorrow night as the football team we’ve been up to this point. Then you have a real sense of where you are.”

“If we miss where we need to be, we come back, dust ourselves off, work on it again and come closer next time.

However, defender Carl Starfelt is missing with a knee injury.

Elsewhere, Celtic have a largely clean sheet heading into the first group game of the campaign.

The same goes for Real Madrid, although Jesus Vallejo and Alvaro Odriozola will continue to miss out through injury.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti is confident his team can reach the final again.

“It’s not a surprise to me that I’m not the favourite, I think it’s a good sign,” Ancelotti told a press conference in Glasgow on the eve of Tuesday’s Group F opener.

“I think last year we were statistically even less likely to win it. And this season we have a better team.

“What happened last year will happen again. We will compete until the end and hopefully fight in the final.”

Predicted XIs

Celtic predicted XI (4-3-3): Hart; Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Jenz, Taylor; O’Riley, McGregor, Turnbull; Abada, Kyogo, Jota

Real Madrid predicted XI (4-3-3): Courtois; Vasquez, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Tchouameni, Mordic, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Junior

 

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