Barcelona were raging after losing at the weekend to promoted side Alaves. Celtic fans looking at that result might begin to think that they could get a result at the Nou Camp if the ultimate underdog triumphed there. Think again.
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta started that match on the bench. Nothing could be rescued. What a sour mood it’s created.
It’s reminiscent of that time Enrique rested Messi for the trip to Real Sociedad in his first season as coach at the club. They lost that game and reports of an irreparable rift broke out the next day. What happened next? Barcelona scored 26 goals in their next six games. Celtic, beware.
They won the Old Firm derby but that’s not adequate preparation for one of the best teams in the world with potentially one of the best attacks of all time. It’s gonna be a bloodbath.