Tito happy to see Celtic reprise

Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova wants to 'try as we did in Glasgow' when his side meet Spartak Moscow in the Champions League tomorrow.

The Catalan giants were on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline when they faced Celtic in Scotland two weeks ago but Vilanova was pleased with the performance and would be happy to see a reprise at the Luzhniki Stadium.

“We expect Spartak to complicate things a lot, as they did in Barcelona,” the 44-year-old tactician told reporters. “They are a very tough enemy, ordered both in attack and defence, as are all teams Coached by Unai Emery, who we know well.

“Let's try as we did in Glasgow. We have another opportunity, and if we do not succeed, then we will have to secure qualification in Barcelona. People believe the Champions League is easy but it's not, all your rivals are very demanding.”

Vilanova also fielded questions on Spartak's dangermen and the composition of his midfield.

“[Emmanuel] Emenike and [Manuel] Jurado are very powerful, they are very quick up front.

“Sometimes it's a tactical issue. There are games in which there are only two places, and that forces us to play [Andres] Iniesta further forward or to play with [Cesc] Fabregas in a 3-4-3. We need all of them throughout the season.”

Barca are top of Group G with nine points, two clear of Celtic and six clear of bottom club Spartak.
 

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