Champions League Europe — 22 October 2012

Scottish giants Celtic visit Barcelona in the Champions League tomorrow looking to pick up unlikely points.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon says his side aren’t going to Barcelona on holiday, but rather to play football.


The Scottish team have taken four points from two games in the group so far, drawing with Benfica then winning at Spartak Moscow in their last outing. It’s a great start for a side that usually struggles in the group stages of the Champions League.


Prior to the Hoops away win in Moscow the Hoops hadn’t claimed an away victory in Europe since the 1980’s, not including pre-qualifiers. Celtic may have achieved the victory against ten men Spartak, but they put in a good performance.


Barcelona could start the game at the Nou Camp with former-Premier League midfielders Javier Mascherano and Alex Song at the heart of their defence. Barca conceded four goals away at Deportivo in the league at the weekend, but still managed to claim a 5-4 victory.

If Barcelona has a weakness then it is that they are currently lacking defensive options. Carlos Puyol and Gerard Pique are currently out injured, along with the likes of Daniel Alves and Eric Abidal. Defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets is also suspended.


Barcelona boss Tito Villanova has revealed that he is concerned that Celtic will be a big threat to his makeshift backline. Celtic striker Gary Hooper has proved that he is a threat to any defence in Europe and will be the one to watch for Celtic at the Nou Camp


Even with all their defensive problems I don’t think that the visitors will take anything from their trip to the Catalan giants. Barcelona has quality in every other area of the pitch and the magical Lionel Messi of course. I fear that Barca may prove just too strong for the Hoops.

Can Celtic get a result in Barcelona?


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