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Ex-Hearts defender Pasquale Bruno have Juventus intel on Celtic

Pasquale Bruno has revealed that he assisted former club Juventus plot their recent Champions League victory over Celtic.

The former Heart of Midlothian defender relayed information to Juve boss Antonio Conte regarding the way the Scottish champions start matches at Celtic Park.

Following last month's 3-0 victory by Juve in the Round of 16 first leg, Bruno informed Conte that Neil Lennon's men like to start quickly at home as Alessandro Matri netted a very early goal to send the Italian champions on their way.

"I spoke to Antonio before the first leg. I have known him for a long time and he is a good friend," he told SunSport.

"He called me and I gave him one main piece of advice - I told him to be very wary about the start.

"Celtic always begin their home games at 100mph. They come out the traps very fast and you have to handle that.

"I said to Antonio, 'Expect a lot of early pressure from Celtic', but then Efe Ambrose made a mistake to give Juve the first goal.

"After a few minutes, a tough tie had become even harder for Celtic.

"To be fair to Celtic, they gave it a good go and came back at Juve.

"They showed a lot of passion and in Victor Wanyama they have a very good midfielder.

"But Juventus are the favourites for the tie and they showed why in the first leg. When it counted, they produced quality moments."

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