Rodgers: We showed Barca too much respect

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers insists that Celtic will need a bit of luck to get a result tomorrow night, when the Hoops play Barcelona in the Champions League.

Brendan’s Bhoys were humiliated when they were hit for seven against the Spanish side in their opening group game.

However, Rodgers, does hope that side play much better than when they first faced the Catalan giants in September.

He said: “We showed them (Barcelona) too much respect and the scoreline was bitterly disappointing at the time. It was a tough game against a top-class, world-class team but I’d hope it will be a different performance from ourselves.

“You go into the game having to think about defensive organisation. They are a team of quality that can play through pressure and we have have to play how we are best – on the front foot.

“There were many aspects we’ve learned from, like being brave, and the players have shown they have learned from that. You also need a little bit of luck as well and when the opportunities come, you can take them.”

Rodgers then went onto speak highly about multiple Ballon D’or winner Lionel Messi who missed Barcelona game at the weekend:

“If he plays then he’s arguably the world’s best player. He’s shown when he does play they are a different team. Everyone who knows football recognises what a brilliant player Messi is. Arguably best of all time but number of players up there.

“We have to fight and ensure we do everything we can to try to stop them, but it’s not easy. We have no fear for the result. If we play our style we have an opportunity to get the result. This is the next opportunity to show against them and we have the incredible support behind us.

“We have to look to impose our style and make it as difficult as we possibly can. For us it’s about the team. It’s an opportunity for us all to play here. We want to get a victory and know it will be difficult.”

Celtic go into the tie bottom of Group B and need a result in their last two matches to stand any hope of European football after Christmas.

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