Scottish champions Celtic will be hosting the Italians in the first leg match of the Uefa Champions League at Parkhead on Tuesday night with the Kenyan set to startBy Dennis Mabuka
Kenya’s holding midfielder Victor Wanyama believes beating Juventus would be bigger step than beating Spanish giants Barcelona.
Scottish champions Celtic will be hosting the Italians in the first leg match of the Uefa Champions League at Parkhead on Tuesday night and Wanyama believes victory against the Turin side will be sweeter than the historic win against Barcelona in the same competition late last year.
Wanyama told Scottish Express: “For me beating Juve would be a bigger step than beating Barcelona because it would be a massive bonus for us and give us the chance to go to another level of the Champions League.”
“So it is going to be very, very good for us if we win. It would take us into the history books if we could get past them. It is a big game and we are really looking forward to it. Juventus are a very good team and have top individual players.”
Wanyama scored the opener in Celtic’s 2-1 win over Barcelona and after their first meeting with the Catalan superstars in October, Neil Lennon stated the Kenyan was worth £25 million.
Lennon believes Wanyama has taken his game to new heights in the Champions League.
The manager said: “He brings strength, power and he reads the game very well. He is quick across the ground and is a very technical player. He has a goal in him too. He has eight or nine this season and is a real threat from set-pieces.
“As you could see from his performances against Barcelona, he rises to the occasion. He found an extra five yards of pace from somewhere when he was breaking away from Xavi and Iniesta. He will be very important.”
Wanyama, who was among key players rested in Saturday's 3-1 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle, has relished testing himself in Europe’s premier club competition. He said: “I think when you play big games you learn and also you want to compete with the best.”
Wanyama’s brother, McDonald Mariga Wanyama, is playing for Parma, where is on loan from Inter Milan, and he has been a good source of information about Juventus, the Celtic player said.