Luis Enrique praises Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers' coaching style

BARCELONA -- Luis Enrique has spoken of his admiration for Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers ahead of the Scottish team's visit to face Barcelona in the Champions League.

The Blaugrana coach believes his counterpart has already had a notable effect on the Bhoys' playing style after being appointed in May, with Celtic thrashing Rangers 5-1 in the Old Firm derby at the weekend.

He said that Rodgers had visited Barcelona to watch not only the first team but also the youth sides, in the months after he was sacked by Liverpool in October 2015.

Luis Enrique said: "He was here [in Barcelona], not just watching games from the senior team but Barca B at the Miniestadi and the youth teams.

"He loves good football, he is a coach that likes to play on the front foot, take the game to the opposition and you can see that already in his short time at Celtic, with good signings, players that will cause us problems. I like Rodgers as a coach and his idea of how to play football."

Celtic saw off the Lincoln Red Imps, FC Astana and Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the qualifying rounds to reach the Champions League group stage.

"Celtic is a historic club that returns to the competition and despite the arrival of new players and the coach they have come through the qualifiers," Luis Enrique added.

"There were a lot easier teams in Pot Four than Celtic, but we welcome the challenge of playing against an historic club.

"The signings they have made [are impressive] with [Moussa] Dembele up front after a hat trick against their biggest rivals, on the wings with [Scott] Sinclair on one side and [James] Forrest or [Patrick] Roberts on the other. They have many players prepared to cause us problems."