Messi back at the double after illness to sicken Celtic

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers felt Luis Suarez should not have had a penalty in his side's Champions League defeat to Barcelona.

Barcelona humiliated Celtic 7-0 in their first group encounter in September, with Messi scoring a hat trick in the one-sided match at the Camp Nou, and it was the Barca No. 10 who opened his side's account at Celtic Park, finishing off a sublime move from the Catalans on 24 minutes.

And former Liverpool manager Rodgers, speaking after the loss in Glasgow, was asked if Celtic would have a chance of upsetting Luis Enrique's heavyweights should Messi temporarily swap sides.

"We had a big chance with the header, another opportunity when we broke away in the second half and then obviously we get punished for the penalty", he said. "If you look at the first game compared to now, we weren't fearful".

"He's arguably the best player that's ever played football, and when he plays in your team, he makes everyone else better".

Enrique continued: 'It was a very hard group and it was great to finish first with a game to spare.

Both players went head-to-head after the Barca forward was penalised for a challenge on the defender late in a Champions League game that had seen them regularly do battle on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the goalscorer, Messi, made in 19 goals in 18 appearances for club and country in the 2016-17 season.

"They have good qualities and we have to be at our very best to make sure we are containing that but also to go ahead and try to dominate the game and win the match".

"It's something that we actually worked on during the week - the speed against goal".

"I am not waiting for my third season for good results, I am doing my best to get results in my first season".

Bayern surprisingly lost 3-2 at tournament newcomer FC Rostov and will finish in Group D behind Atletico Madrid, which beat PSV Eindhoven 2-0 and is the only team to have won all five of its group games.

"I think they would survive", Quinn said.

Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in Group A which leaves the top spot up for grabs going into the final round of fixtures in a fortnight.



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