Barcelona chief warns fans: Celtic trip “won’t be easy”

Gary Hooper, Celtic Striker Barcelona’s Director of Football Adoni Zubizarreta has dismissed claims that the Spanish giants will pick up an easy win against Celtic in tomorrow night’s Champions League clash.

The Scottish champions have been the surprise team in Champions League Group G, lying in second place with four points following an away win against Spartak Moscow and a draw against Benfica.

Celtic also put in a good performance against Tito Vilanova’s men at the Nou Camp last month, but came away empty handed as Jordi Alba scored a late winner in stoppage time to end the match 2-1.

Zubizarreta has warned Barcelona fans that facing the Glasgow club will be even harder now that they have the home advantage when they visit Celtic Park tomorrow.

“We won with a last minute goal at the Camp Nou. It won’t be easy to win. Their fans get right behind them and their style of play is tough for us to deal with,” he told reporters before boarding the plane to Scotland.

Barcelona are now five points clear at the top of Group G, but Zubizarreta insists the Spanish club will be looking for the win against Celtic to qualify for the knock-out stages as soon as possible.

“We want to top our group to guarantee a good draw in the next round. We’ll try and do that as quickly as we can”.

In La Liga, Barcelona have made a record-breaking start to their domestic campaign with 28 points from ten games, however Zubizarreta’s only concern is winning back the league title after finishing in second place last season.

“It’s great, but we aren’t trying to get records at this stage of the season – what we want is to ensure we get to April still in the fight for titles,” he added.

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