Commons eyes Benfica blitz
Midfielder wants '100 miles per hour' start to the match at Parkhead
Last Updated: September 19, 2012 9:37am
Kris Commons: Hopeful Celtic can stamp their authority on the game
Kris Commons has called on Celtic to blitz opponents Benfica when they open up their Champions League Group G campaign at home.
The Hoops midfielder is hoping the Parkhead crowd will roar the side on to victory as they make their bow in European football's elite club competition for the first time in four years.
In a group that also contains Primera Liga giants Barcelona and Russian outfit Spartak Moscow, Neil Lennon's team are aware they must make the most of home advantage.
And Scotland international Commons believes an old fashioned British style blood and thunder start to the match could well unhinge the Portuguese giants and get their campaign off to the perfect start.
"I always like it at 100 miles per hour from the first whistle," said the 29-year-old. "That's just me.
"When the players come out to the music and everyone is at that peak, the fans are itching for you to get that early goal and that's how I like it to be.
"I like to let the other team know they are in for a game in the first 10, 15 minutes.
"I like them to know this is the maximum noise, this is how we play, this is how we are going to pressure you or this is how we are going to settle, and let them know that they are not in for an easy night and see where the game takes us.
"Certainly we can't have 100 miles per hour for 90 minutes, or we wouldn't last.
"But we are looking to stamp our authority on the game early doors, there is nothing like playing at home in the first game to try to give yourself the chance to get points.
"If it is three points then magic, but if not we will be looking to get one and try to get the ball rolling.
"But it will be tough and every single player in our team will have to play at the top of their game for 93, 94 minutes."