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
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
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
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."