Sep 13, 2016

    Barca seek redemption in Celtic opener


    BARCELONA are eyeing their Champions League opener against Celtic tonight

    as a chance to make amends for their shock 2-1 defeat at home to La Liga newcomers Alaves on Saturday.

    With many of his players in action with their international sides in midweek, coach

    Luis Enrique rotated his squad, resting regulars

    Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto, Jordi Alba and talisman

    Lionel Messi.

    The decision backfired and Alaves, playing in the top flight for the first time in a decade, made the most of their few chances, frustrating the champions even after Suarez, Messi and Iniesta came on.

    Ibai Gomez's 64th-minute strike won the game for the Basques after Jeremy Mathieu had cancelled out Deyverson's surprise opener.

    Enrique is expected to field his first-choice 11 against Celtic so Suarez will meet up with his former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

    The latter presided over

    the Uruguayan's best two seasons in England,

    compelling Barca to cough

    up 81 million euros

    (S$124 million) for him

    in 2014.

    Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is the coach's only doubt after the goalie missed the Alaves game with a muscle strain.

    Celtic head to Spain on a high after thrashing Glasgow rivals Rangers 5-1 on Saturday in the first league Old Firm derby in over four years

    to stay top of the

    Scottish Premiership.

    Celtic were beaten 6-1 on their last visit to the Nou Camp in 2013 but new signing Moussa Dembele believes they can get something this time.

    "When you start a game

    of football, even if it's against the best team in the world, you have to go there and show what we can do and

    give everything to try and

    get a result."