Henrik Larsson: I still think of Seville every day

“Henrik Larsson, Helsingborg” by Thomas Bandion is licensed under CC BY 2.0


Just how highly do you rate the Celtic side that you played in? Could you have competed in the Premier League?

Where would that team have finished in England? Top four. Without a doubt.

We beat Liverpool, Blackburn, we beat a lot of good teams in that run (to the UEFA cup final).

We played as well – or even better – than a Porto team that went on to win the Champions League so it showed just how strong we were.

There were about 15 internationals in that squad – important players for their countries. I think a lot of people tend to forget we had a really strong squad. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to win the big final.

That would have been the icing on the cake for that squad.

Do you still think about the final and what could have been?

Obviously I thought about it for many years.

At the same time, you have to get on with it, but winning that medal and being able to share that with the fans and my teammates would have been a dream come true.

Fate wanted something else. It just shows what a team we had and how good we were.

Representing Celtic was just fantastic. Those are the games (cup finals) that you want to perform in, and play well in.

You are up against the best players. It was just fantastic.

Unfortunately we didn’t manage to do that well in the Champions League.

We did better in the UEFA Cup, which, still to this day, I cannot understand how we lost that game against Porto. We should have won, to be honest.

Published by Callum McFadden

Football CFB founder. Freelance football writer & broadcaster of over 350 interviews with professional players and managers across all levels of football.

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