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Legia benefiting from Radović wisdom

Miroslav Radović tells UEFA.com that he "gets better with age" as the 30-year-old Legia Warszawa attacking midfielder seeks to torment Celtic FC once more.

Miroslav Radović scored two and set up a third against his "lucky team" last week
Miroslav Radović scored two and set up a third against his "lucky team" last week ©Getty Images

Two strikes and an assist in last week's shock 4-1 third qualifying round first-leg win against Celtic FC moved Legia Warszawa's Miroslav Radović onto five goals in the UEFA Champions League this season – second only to AC Sparta Praha's eight-goal David Lafata. The 30-year-old attacking midfielder is the most prolific foreign scorer in Polish league history and – as he tells UEFA.com – he is merely getting better with age.

UEFA.com: Former Legia player and coach Dariusz Wdowczyk – who also played for Celtic – reckons 40% of Legia's strength is down to you. Was the Celtic game your best yet for Legia?

Radović: It is nice to hear that from Wdowczyk as he was the coach who brought me to Legia from Partizan in 2006. And by the way, I must admit Celtic are a lucky team for me, as my first game for Legia was a friendly against them and we won 1-0. The first leg this time was one of my best performances for Legia, but I have played more than 300 matches for the club so I have plenty of other good ones to choose from, like against Spartak Moskva in the Europa League (a 3-2 away win in the 2011/12 play-offs).

UEFA.com: Are there any secrets to your current success?

Radović: Yes, two! First, I think about my twins – my sweet boys who were born last year. Add in the older one and I have three wonderful boys and that makes me happy as a man, but it also gives me huge motivation on the field. The second thing is my experience. I have played a lot of games and I know how to react during matches. I hope people will say that Radović is like wine – he gets better with age.

UEFA.com: You mainly played for two clubs – Partizan and Legia. Who have been your most important coaches?

Lothar Matthäus
Lothar Matthäus©Getty Images

Radović: I played my first matches for Partizan under Lothar Matthäus. At 19, he gave me the chance to play in the Champions League against José Mourinho's FC Porto. That was an unforgettable experience. At Legia, there was Dariusz Wdowczyk who brought me here and Maciej Skorża. Also Jan Urban, especially during his second spell at the club.

UEFA.com: Henning Berg was a surprise appointment due to his lack of coaching experience; how do you think he is getting on?

UEFA.com: I would like to congratulate the Legia directors as I think they made a great choice. They hired a young, passionate coach who is hungry for success, which is exactly what this club was looking for.

UEFA.com: You have spent a long time at Legia; have you ever had chances to play in bigger leagues?

Radović: Yes, I have. Maybe the best one was from AS Monaco when they were in the second division and starting to build an ambitious team under a new owner. They watched me in two Europa League games, but I was not convinced in the end. There has always been that chance to go somewhere else for two or three years, but I always thought it was better to stay here and carve my name in Legia's history. It's very likely I will end my career here.

UEFA.com: You are already the highest-scoring foreign player in Ekstraklasa history with 48 goals, and with 14 goals in Europe too you are just three short of Kazimierz Deyna's Legia record …

Radović: That second statistic means a lot to me as it is not easy to score in Europe. And speaking about cups, I said a while back that Legia would be in the Champions League within two or three years. Many fans in Poland laughed at me for that since Poland has waited 18 years for a Champions League group stage contender. Now my prediction may be coming true sooner than expected.

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