Karpin: Nothing to lose against Barca

Spartak Moscow general manager Valery Karpin says his team has nothing to lose against Barcelona in the Champions League.

The Russians have been drawn alongside Tito Vilanova’s men, Benfica and Glasgow Celtic in Group G, and Karpin believes the Spartak players will go into the Barca clashes with no expectations placed upon them.

“It could have been better and it could have been worse,” analysed Karpin, who spent 11 years in Spain as a player with Valencia, Celta Vigo and two spells at Real Sociedad.

“Barcelona are clear favourites in the group but our chances against Benfica and Celtic are about the same.

“The match against Barca in Moscow will be very interesting for both fans and players, but over the two games we have nothing to lose against them,” he added.

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