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Messi double guides Barcelona to 2-0 win at Celtic

Messi double guides Barcelona to 2-0 win at Celtic

It's different with Messi, he's a great, great player, arguably the best who's ever played football. It was only maybe handbags with a Celtic player but nothing too special.

"We changed him to give him a rest, but it was nothing tactical [to avoid a red card]". "It was nothing tactical".

While their progression on the face of it may have been straightforward in Group C, this match was anything but.

Morgan had some semblance of revenge in the 41st minute, however, making a lunging, right-handed save on Suarez's free header after Messi found him streaking in the box with a ideal cross. "We expected Celtic to come out and make it hard". The referee didn't give us much during the game, but that's how it goes sometimes. "It was a very hard group and it's very good to finish first with a game to spare".

To take on Barcelona at Paradise, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers selects Moussa Dembele to spearhead the attack, with support from Callum McGregor, Scott Sinclair and Tom Rogic, while Scott Brown will look to boss midfield. Six minutes later, Benfica hit the crossbar two more times and had a shot cleared off the line before Ljubomir Fejsa finally lashed home a third.

Ladbrokes Premiership leaders Celtic are odds on to qualify for the Champions League again next season and Rodgers insists they will be better prepared.

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"I thought the way we pressed the game was very good and we won the ball back in high areas of the field and when we couldn't we got defensively very solid". To finish top of the group is still in our own hands - if we win the remaining two games we will still win the group - and that has always been our objective.

As for Barcelona, Messi and Luis Suarez both returned after missing the 0-0 draw with Malaga at the weekend, while Jordi Alba and Andre Gomes were also included in arguably Luis Enrique's strongest available team. If Celtic manages to be tight on the duo, things could work out, but it is easier said than done.

"It was important to win and we have done that".

Javier Mascherano added: "We came to get through and we have done that".

"We created opportunities to have a good result".

The Argentine attempted the game's first shot when he met Neymar's cutback but sent it wide. "When they are in their day and connect, they do awesome things".

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