Valencia captain Dani Parejo reckons his side have to battle against Celtic and the weight of history when they collide in their Europa League showdown.
The Spaniards were held to a goalless draw by Real Sociedad in La Liga at the weekend ahead of their trip to Glasgow to face the in-form Hoops.
Afterwards manager Marcelino admitted his tired side weren’t at their best after a hectic recent schedule that has them battling for honours in La Liga, Copa del Rey and Europa League.
Cultured former Real Madrid midfielder Parejo is one of Valencia’s key men and will be up against Scott Brown at Celtic Park on Thursday.
And the Spanish international can’t wait to sample the atmosphere in Glasgow.
He said: “I am looking forward to this game immensely and have been for some time.
“When you face a team like Celtic you are not just playing normal opponents you are playing against history.
“Everyone knows about the history of Celtic and their stadium and their supporters. They will be an extremely difficult rival and in an intimidating atmosphere.
“Whenever you play in Europe they are special matches and even more so at this stage.
“But our mentality now is that we go to win every game and that will certainly be the case in Glasgow. The Europa League is an attractive competition and a winnable one for us.”
The 29-year-old agrees with his manager that the Valencia squad are tired but he’s backed them to pick up in Glasgow.
Parejo said: “Like the manager said, when you play two huge games in 72 hours then you are going to be tired mentally and physically.
“I think the team was running on empty for the match against Real Sociedad, you could see that in our first-half performance.
“But we deserve plenty of credit because we picked it up in the second half and should have won. You could hear that by the reaction of the fans in the Mestalla.
“Our fans recognise hard work. Normally when you are at home and you only draw 0-0 the supporters will be annoyed. But they applauded us off because they recognised the efforts.
“Thursday night in Scotland will also be difficult but if we show the same application that we did in the second half against Real Sociedad we will be okay.”