CFR Cluj director Bogdan Mara has claimed that Slavia Prague are better than Celtic.
The Romanian chief made the dangerous remark just moments after the Champions League playoff draw was announced.
Celtic or Cluj have been confirmed as Prague’s playoff round opponents. The winner of the third qualifying round tie will have just one more obstacle to overturn in order to reach the wonderland of the Champions League group stages.
Celtic, as always, will treat their opponents with respect in the build-up. Mara, however, didn’t exactly show too much back when he spoke to DigiSport about the draw.
“Slavia Prague is stronger than Celtic. It is a bigger team than Young Boys. With the money invested and how they looked in the Europa League last year – it’s a scary team. But we better talk more after Celtic.
“Dan Petrescu knows how to motivate the players. He’s analysed Celtic’s team – that’s why we don’t see him anymore. He stays in the office from morning until evening. He will surely find the weak points to defeat this team.
“We are convinced it will be a full stadium. There was already a ticket queue. We need all the fans to get a great result together.”