The Straits Times
Published on Oct 22, 2012

Barcelona seek to stay perfect against Celtic


MADRID (AFP) - Barcelona entertain Celtic on Tuesday looking to maintain their winning start to Champions League Group G with an in-form Lionel Messi but the Catalans continue to struggle at the back with injuries.

Barca are in pole position after back-to-back victories and can now take a significant step towards qualifying for the last 16 if they come out on top against Celtic who managed a surprise win away to Spartak Moscow in their last game to leave them second on four points.

Despite regular centre-halves Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique having spent most of the season in the treatment room, Barca have been a model of efficiency.

Although they haven't reached the peak of recent campaigns in terms of performance, only the El Clasico draw against Real Madrid has stopped them from boasting a perfect winning Liga record.