Christopher Jullien has admitted that he believes Celtic have the strength and determination to WIN the Europa League. The French defender spoke as the Scottish Champions prepare for their final home fixture of the game versus Stade Rennais.
The £7 million summer signing from Toulouse spoke to The Scotsman about his ambitions to top the group with Celtic and further on with the showpiece final in Gdansk in mind.
The draw in Brittany has been the only points that Celtic have dropped so far in the group with Lazio, Rennes and Cluj. Jullien believes this means that Celtic have the quality to make history.
“Why not? I said it before we played the first match in the group – why not?
“We can believe it is possible because we have the squad, we have the players and we have the mentality to go all the way.”
Whilst acknowledging how incredible a run to the final could be, Jullien wasn’t letting his imagination run away, he wants to stay grounded and keep winning, win the group and see what happens after that.
“It would be amazing, for sure, for the club to do it. But we have to focus on the next game because football can go way too fast one way or the other.
“After we won away to Lazio, we enjoyed the moment but if we hadn’t then beaten Motherwell in our next game after that, it would have gone the other way for us.
“We are just staying in the good moment that we are in as a team right now. It would be really good for us to finish top of the group.
“We could make a little bit of history and it would be good for us in terms of the draw and everything else.”
Jullien refused to allow complacency to takeover as despite Celtic having already qualified, the 26-year-old believes that keeping winning moment is important for going forward.
“Even if we have qualified already, it’s important to keep that going in these next two games against Rennes at home and then Cluj in Romania. Keep winning, keep the system, keep that winning feeling. That would be really good for us and we’re going to be trying our best to do it.”
Jullien has impressed after his relatively slow start to life at Celtic, he was a colossus at the back in Rome and popped up to score the winner in the reverse fixture at Celtic Park weeks before.
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