To whet your appetite for tonight’s Champions League encounter against Celtic, below you can feast on the key historical facts of previous encounters:
- FC Barcelona and Celtic have met on a total of 6 occasions in European competition.
The first two matches were when the clubs met in the 4th round of the 2003/4 UEFA Cup. Barça lost the first leg in Scotland 1-0 and then rather disappointingly drew 0-0 in the return.
The following season, during the 2004/5 UEFA Champions League, the clubs met in the group stage. Frank Rijkaard’s side triumphed in Glasgow 3-1 with goals from Deco, Ludovic Guily, and former Celtic legend Hendrik Larsson. Barça once again could only manage a draw at the Camp Nou in the return leg, this time it was 1-1.
In 2007/8 the clubs again faced off in a knock out round, this time in the Champions League. Despite going down 2-0 in the first half in Scotland, a Lionel Messi brace and Thierry Henry goal saved Barça’s blushes. The 3-2 away victory was then followed by a narrow 1-0 victory at home.
In summary, Barça’s record in the 6 matches reads: 3 wins, 2 draws, and 1 defeat, with 8 goals scored and 5 goals conceded. That is a lot tighter than some may have guessed pre-match. Especially at the Camp Nou, where a record of 0-0, 1-1, and 1-0 reads quite poorly.
- Celtic’s entire record versus Spanish clubs is: 24 games played, 6 wins (25%), 5 draws (21%), and 13 defeats (54%).
- Recently, however, Celtic has fared poorly in Spain with the last 12 visits resulting in 3 draws and 9 defeats.
- FC Barcelona has had its troubles versus the Scots: 10 played, 4 wins (40%), 3 draws (30%), and 3 defeats (30%).
- Scoring has been Barça’s main issue against Scottish teams with only 11 goals scored in the 10 matches. They have not done well defensively either, with 8 conceded.