FC Barcelona will be fully expecting a win from tonight's UEFA Champions League group stage clash with Celtic FC at the Camp Nou, as they hope to guarantee themselves seeded status in the upcoming draw for the Round of 16 by topping Group H. After five matches, Barça have earned 10 points and assuming AC Milan defeat AFC Ajax, the Blaugrana will need a victory tonight to secure first place.
Following an easy 4-1 win in the Copa del Rey against FC Cartagena, Gerardo Martino has kept his cards close to his chest; while he has named a strong squad, it's still possible that we may see a fringe squad take to the field. Or perhaps the Argentine tactician will play it safe and opt for the regulars? It's a luxury to be able to have that choice, especially given the number of players sidelined through injury.
From Lionel Messi to Victor Valdes via Ibrahim Afellay and Jonathan dos Santos, Barcelona are missing a total of seven first team players for this fixture and with an important La Liga clash with Villarreal in the immediate future, Culés are split as to whether Martino should take this game seriously or not.
But let's not underestimate the threat that Celtic possess, there may not an awful lot riding on this match, but much the same can be said of the weekend's match with Villarreal -- contrary to popular belief, the title is neither won nor lost in December. So let's secure top spot and move on from there.
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