Brendan Rodgers has given his thoughts ahead of Thursday’s Europa League last-32 first-leg tie against Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.
The Hoops prepare to host Roberto Mancini’s men in Glasgow as the Russian side gear up for their first competitive game of 2018.
Rodgers, who is yet to win a home game in Europe outside of the qualifiers, has given his thoughts on 2008 UEFA Cup winners ahead of the game on Thursday night.
As quoted by The Telegraph, the Irishman spoke of having been drawn at home in the tie first:
I have looked at Zenit, and they play slightly differently from Manchester City. At Manchester City, Roberto had very much a defensive block with quality players.
It was 4-2-3-1 or 3-5-2 at times. This team is very clearly 4-3-3. They press the game. It is certainly a change from how his Man City team played.
Branislav Ivanovic is there, who I worked with at Chelsea. He has gone back out there and is a real linchpin for the team. He has still got good legs and strength and power and experience.
He is playing as a centre-half. That was his actual position when they brought him in to Chelsea. He ended up playing a lot at right-back and doing really well there. It is a really difficult game for us. They are a very good side.
Everyone likes the second leg at home. You know what you are playing for then.
It’s not the worst to have the first leg at home. You can try to get some sort of advantage. If you can keep a clean sheet, it gives you a real motivation going away.
Zenit sit second in the Russian Premier League after 20 games and trail eight leaders Lokomotiv Moscow by eight points.
They haven’t played a competitive game since 11th December due to the winter break scheduling.
Since then they have played six friendlies, winning five of them and drawing one.
The game will be shown live on BT Sport from Celtic Park on Thursday, with kick-off set for 8.05pm.