Barcelona thrashed Celtic 7-0 when they hosted the Scottish team last time around, and they will be keen to flourish once again as they travel to Celtic Park for a Champions League encounter on Wednesday. Another 7-0 win might not be easy, but even a simple one nil win will be enough for them to progress into the knockout stages of the competition.
The Spanish giants are one of the most entertaining sides in world football, and with players like Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, they can score goals for fun. Celtic knows how threatening Barcelona can be if they are given an extra yard of space.
Barca seems to be a different team without Messi and Suarez as was witnessed against Malaga in their last domestic game. They were held to a goalless draw by Malaga. If Celtic manages to be tight on the duo, things could work out, but it is easier said than done.
Manager Luis Enrique is ready for any type of football that Celtic comes up on Wednesday. He just wants his players to enjoy at Celtic Park.
"We are ready for anything from Celtic, be it a high press or a low pressing game. We are used to teams playing a defensive system. Most teams that come to Camp Nou play like that, but be patient; we'll get there. Celtic Park is a great stadium and the players want to play here. I want the players to go out and enjoy it, and if they do then we will progress to the next round," UEFA's official website quoted Enrique as saying.
Celtic, on the contrary, should not allow Barcelona to play their type of silky football. In fact, they should frustrate Barcelona, which could open up things for the home team. Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers must have chalked out plans against the attacking trio of Barcelona, but he also needs his players to step up a gear against Barcelona.
The home team will miss striker Leigh Griffiths, who is out with a hamstring, but they will hope for a solid display from their youngster Moussa Dembele, who can test Barca's defence. Rodgers seems to have learned a lesson in that defeat, and wants his team to be positive in the home turf.
"We showed them too much respect [in the first game] and the scoreline was bitterly disappointing at the time. However, the players have learned from that in terms of their courage to get on the ball and their bravery to play. We want to get a victory. We know it will be hugely difficult but we don't have any fear. We have to impose our style, play our game and take our chances. If we can do all that we give ourselves an opportunity to get a result," Rodgers said.
Where to Watch Live
Celtic vs Barcelona is set to begin at 8.45pm CET (7.45pm GMT, 3.45pm ET, 1.15am IST). TV information and live streaming are given below.
India: TV: Ten 1 HD. Live Streaming: Ten Sports live.
Spain: TV: Movistar+
UK: TV: BT Sport ESPN. Live Streaming: Watch BT Sport.
Australia and Middle East: TV: Bein Sports. Live Streaming: Bein Sports Connect.
USA: TV: Fox Sports 2. Live Streaming: Foxsoccer2go.
China: LeTV, PPTV Sport China