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martes, 22 de noviembre de 2016

Lionel Messi and Barcelona wrap up warm as they train at Celtic Park ahead of crunch Champions League clash 

  • Barcelona trained at Celtic Park ahead of Champions League encounter 
  • Lionel Messi and team mates wrapped up warm amid chilly weather
  • Barca will reach the last 16 if they beat Celtic on Wednesday
Lionel Messi and his team mates were wrapped up warm in thermal tracksuit tops and long bottoms as they took to the Celtic Park pitch to run their exercises, 24 hours before the stands will be full of hostile home fans for the all-important game.
Messi, recognisable by his shock of dyed peroxide blond hair, looked particularly displeased with the chilly November temperatures in Glasgow, pulling his collar up as high as it would go during the team's drills
Lionel Messi and his team mates were wrapped up warm in thermal tracksuit tops
Lionel Messi and his team mates were wrapped up warm in thermal tracksuit tops
Argentine Messi looked particularly displeased with the chilly November temperatures
Argentine Messi looked particularly displeased with the chilly November temperatures

BARCELONA V CELTIC: LAST FIVE MEETINGS 

All games in Champions League
23 Oct 2012: Barcelona 2-1 Celtic
7 Nov 2012: Celtic 2-1 Barcelona
1 Oct 2013: Celtic 0-1 Barcelona
11 Dec 2013: Barcelona 6-1 Celtic
13 Sep 2016: Barcelona 7-0 Celtic 
The Argentina international partnered with fellow member of the feared MSN strike force, Luis Suarez, who looked equally uncomfortable in the chill despite his experience of British winters from his time at Liverpool.
Other players, including centre back Gerard Pique, elected to wear hats and gloves to fend off the cold as they got used to the Glasgow pitch.
The training was overseen by Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, who knows a win over Celtic will see the Catalans safely through to the last 16, while four points from their final two games will win Group C. 
Messi and Luis Suarez chat before starting training on the Celtic Park pitch in Glasgow
Messi and Luis Suarez chat before starting training on the Celtic Park pitch in Glasgow
Barcelona will reach the Champions League last 16 if they win in Scotland
Barcelona will reach the Champions League last 16 if they win in Scotland
The snug tracksuits worn by Barca was a significant change from the double denim worn by Messi, Suarez, Pique et al when they arrived in Scotland on Tuesday.
There can be nothing casual about Barcelona on Wednesday evening however, and they must improve from their weekend performance which resulted in a 0-0 draw with Malaga. 
Messi missed the Malaga match due to a vomiting bug and Suarez was suspended but they are both available for the trip to Celtic Park. 
Gerard Pique seemed more susceptible to the cold than even Messi and Suarez
Gerard Pique seemed more susceptible to the cold than even Messi and Suarez
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique will be hoping to avoid a repeat of their 2012 defeat
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique will be hoping to avoid a repeat of their 2012 defeat
However Pique said after the game that they could not blame Barca's disappointing draw on Messi and Suarez's absence.
'We are Barcelona and we cannot make excuses,' he said. 'We have players who are worth a lot of money and a budget which is outrageous compared to Malaga.' 
Celtic sit bottom of Group C on just two points, while Barca are top on nine.
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