It’s time to kick off the new Champions League season but will Lionel Messi be there? His squad, Barcelona, takes on Celtic on Sept. 13, and will Messi be ready to play following an injury? HollywoodLife.com wants you to see this soccer clash so click to watch!
What better way to start the Champions League than by watching Barcelona host the Scottish squad Celtic? The Scottish Premiership champs will travel down to Camp Nou in beautiful Barcelona to take on Barca. It’s bound to be a wild match featuring some of the best players in the sport. Don’t miss it when the game kicks off at 2:45 PM ET.
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Lionel, 29, wasn’t in action when Barca suffered a humiliating home loss to Deportes Alaves, per The Daily Mail. Manager Luis Enrique, 46, didn’t want to risk hurting one of his star players (who was dealing with a groin injury), and he had the striker ride the bench along with Luis Suarez, 29. Without those two powerhouses, Barca fell to the Babazorros, 2-1. This uncharacteristic early-season loss caused Barca to drop to fifth place in La Liga, while their rivals (and defending Champions League champs) Real Madrid soared to the top of the table.
The saying is that ‘you only get one chance at a first impression,’ and having won the Champions League in the 2014-15 season, Barca doesn’t want to start out with a loss. Though coach Enrique says he won’t risk Messi’s health, Luis and Lionel are expected to join Neymar, 24, for this match.
Though Celtic is without striker Leigh Griffiths, 26, (who is recovering from a torn hamstring, per BBC) they will have captain Scott Brown, 31, to help lead them into battle. Though “The Bhoys” lost a pre-season game against Barca, 3-1, assistant manager Chris Davies, 31, believes they’ll leave Camp Nou on a high note.
“We do take confidence into the game and hopefully we can grow into it and win some points,” he said. “The level of our play, the goals we are scoring, how creative and organized we are looking, we are confident we can go anywhere and get points. That is what we are taking into the game.”
Do you think Celtic will score enough to take the win, HollywoodLifers? Or do you think that with Messi and Luis coming off the bench, Barcelona will bounce back to their winning ways?