Barcelona says it’s Business as Usual against Celtic, Not ‘Revenge’ Time.

Barcelona players will not have revenge in mind when they make a trip to Glasgow to face Scottish champions Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday.
The Hoops caused one of the major surprises of the competition last season when they beat the Catalans 2-1 in the group stage at Celtic Park.

“Revenge? No. We’re going there to enjoy this game, this atmosphere. We’ll see what happens,” said sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.

“It’s always a pleasure to play at Celtic Park. We’re expecting a great atmosphere against an opponent who made things difficult for us last year.

“They showed they knew how to play and knew how to beat us.

“They are very strong on their ground and they look to play with a lot of pleasure.

Barca Will Be Without Messi at  Celtic Park.
Barca Will Be Without Messi at Celtic Park.

Lionel Messi has been sideline for up to three weeks and will not be in action on Tuesday. The 26-year-old reigning World Footballer injured his right thigh muscle in the 2-0 win over Almeria on Saturday.

“He is a very difficult player to replace,”Zubizarreta added.

“We must do without the best player in the world, but we have to play with what we have.”

Barcelona opened their 2013/14 campaign with a 4-0 home victory over Ajax, with Messi netting a hat-trick while Celtic conceded two late goals at the San Siro in the hands of AC Milan.

Celtic are third on the Group H standings while Barca leads with three points.

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