Jeff J Mitchell
Celtic - FC Barcelona: Squandered opportunity (2-1) | FC Barcelona
Barça have surrendered at Celtic Park only their second defeat of the season, and the first in the Champions League. The Scots can feel very fortunate to have survived the Barça onslaught and come out of this with a win, having only made only two attempts on goal while Barça dominated the possession from start to finish and hit the woodwork twice.
Vilanova: "We created a lot of chances, but their keeper was brilliant" | FC Barcelona
"We read the game well, we created a lot of chances but we weren’t on target and their keeper was brilliant." Vilanova added: "We did what we needed to do in these types of games, we’ve seen this on other occasions. This is the type of football that the Barça fans want to see. Besides, I prefer to have an enjoyable time watching the team from the bench."
Messi: "We're not worried" | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi, who scored Barça’s only goal against Celtic on Wednesday, said: "We’re still in first place in the group, we’re not worried." The Argentine also noted that "I think we did a good job, we created chances but the ball didn’t go in."
Historic record despite defeat | FC Barcelona
After losing away to Celtic (2-1) Barça leaves behind an incredible run of 17 matches without losing in a Champions League group stage match away from the Camp Nou. It’s been six years since the Blaugrana have lost away from Barcelona in the first phase of the European competition, the last defeat came on October 28 of 2006 at Stamford Bridge.
The Dossier: Why Barcelona's tactics are holding back the real Alexis Sanchez - Goal.com
Alexis has not been a failure at Camp Nou, but the player's own critical self-assessment highlights his frustration at not being able to do more for the Catalan club. As Barca adopt a more direct approach under Vilanova, his impact should increase, particularly away from home.
Cruyff hails Barcelona's youth policy - Goal.com
Johan Cruyff has hailed Barcelona's youth system and says it is a more reliable method of success than spending vast sums of money on big-name players. The majority of coach Tito Vilanova's first team squad learned their trade at the club's La Masia academy.
Celtic FC vs FC Barcelona: Henrik Larsson’s heart divided | FC Barcelona
A legend at Celtic FC, where he played for seven seasons, Swedish striker Henrik Larsson also made a huge impact in his two seasons at Barça. The game tonight at Celtic Park is therefore a very special one for the man now coaching Swedish second division outfit Landskrona Bols.
Barcelona outclassed by Tottenham youngsters - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Shaquille Coulthirst completed a brilliant hat-trick on sixty minutes before Alex Pritchard added to the scoresheet 10 minutes later to take Spurs into a 4-0 lead. Cristian Herrera grabbed a late consolation goal for the Catalans but it was a dominant display from the London side.
Valencia eased to a 4-2 win over BATE Borisov at La Mestalla | Sky Sports Football
Valencia completed a Champions League double over BATE Borisov to stay level on points at the top of Group F. Goals from Jonas Oliveira and Roberto Soldado in four first-half minutes, the latter from the penalty spot, put the Spanish side on top at the Mestalla. And Sofiane Feghouli's second-half brace sealed victory as BATE threatened a comeback through star man Renan Bressan and Dmitri Mozolevski.
Ronaldo set for emergency Madrid role | Football Espana
Real are short on strikers with both Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain out injured, leaving boss Jose Mourinho with no alternative but to play the former Manchester United man as an out-and-out striker against Juan Ignacio Martinez’s men.
Sweden international Daniel Larsson has joined Valladolid on a free transfer | Sky Sports
Primera Liga outfit Real Valladolid have signed former Malmo striker Daniel Larsson on a free transfer. The Sweden international has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Valladolid after seeing out his contract at Malmo. The 25-year-old is looking forward to plying his trade in Spain after spending his entire career in his homeland.