The Celtic goalkeeper, Robert Douglas, will be hoping for an easier ride when the Scottish champions entertain Valencia tonight.
Douglas prevented his side from returning home from Valencia with a far heavier deficit than the 1-0 defeat inflicted by the Spanish side.
His Celtic team-mates hailed the keeper's display as inspirational and striker John Hartson admitted: "If it had not been for Robert, then we would have lost five or six goals – he was amazing."
Such is Celtic's strength domestically – they remain unbeaten in the Scottish Premier League this season – that Douglas has conceded only five goals in the league.
"You don't get many chances to play like that when you are a goalkeeper with Celtic," Douglas said of his one-man show at the Mestalla. "Normally, it is the other keeper. It was like the Alamo in Valencia but those are the kind of games keepers love. Hopefully, I will have less work on Thursday."
Martin O'Neill, the Celtic manager, compares Douglas – whom he bought from Dundee in November 2000 for £1.5m – to Peter Shilton, who was O'Neill's colleague when Nottingham Forest won the European Cup in 1979 and 1980.
"Like Shilton, when Robert is confident he is formidable. It took something special [from Vicente] to beat him," said O'Neill. "The atmosphere against Juventus was something else. The game was a great moment to behold and if we are even half as good on Thursday, it will be something special."
O'Neill's main selection problem is whether to retain Hartson – who scored twice against Hibernian on Saturday – or bring back his fellow striker Chris Sutton, who missed the first leg and the derby win over Rangers because of his son's poor health.Reuse content