The Scottish giants- who lie second in Group G behind Barca on seven points, will reach knockout stages if they beat the Portuguese sideEXCLUSIVE
By David Kwalimwa
Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama expects Benfica 'to give their all' during the crucial UEFA Champions League match on Tuesday night in Lisbon.
The Scottish giants- who lie second in Group G behind Barcelona after garnering seven points from four outings - will qualify for the knockout stages with a win over the Portuguese side.
A score draw will also be enough to seal a round of 16 berth for the visitors if Spartak Moscow fail to beat Barcelona in the other group game.
Barcelona have 9 points, while third placed Benfica are 3 points behind Celtic, with the Russian side sitting last in the group a point behind Benfica. Benfica and Celtic drew 0-0 in the reverse fixture played in Glascow on Match Day One.
"I believe this game (against Benfica) is crucial for both teams. Qualification (to the knockout phase) is within our sights and realistic," Wanyama told Goal.com.
But Benfica will give everything, they are a composed team with some flair and good ball players, they probably also think that this could be their last chance to get back into the (qualification race) it should be an interesting match."
"But we are motivated and confident, nobody gave us a chance in this group and (also) against Barcelona. So we need continue to with what we have been doing."
Wanyama who was voted man of the match during last weekend's league match against Aberdeen, has been in exceptional form this season and earned rare reviews for his goal that set his team to a historic victory against Barcelona in their last European tie.