31.08.2013. Celtic FC faces tough competition in the Champions League Group H. The team of Neil Lennon will play FC Barcelona, AC Milan and Ajax Amsterdam with the aim to advance to the Champions League knockout stage. Celtic tickets for all Champions League are available now!
Champions League Group stage: Group H
Celtic had a very successful Champions League campaign last year when Neil Lennon’s team managed to finish second in the group stage behind Barcelona. This year, the Scottish champions had to play a qualifier against Shakhtar Karagandy. After a shock 2-0 away defeat, Celtic managed to pull back at home at Celtic Park with two goals back either side of half time. James Forrest scored an injury time winner to put Celtic through with 3-2. After a near missed opportunity it may be just the message Celtic needed and will help them through this very tough group. Celtic tickets are available now.
Celtic vs FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona is clearly the favourite in Group H. However, the Catalan club has to make up for last year’s heavy semi-final defeat against Bayern Munich where they lost 8-0 on aggregate. Domestically, it was still a huge success. Barca was re-crowned Spanish Champions after triumphing confidently in La Liga causing rival manager Jose Mourinho to leave arch rivals Real Madrid. Barcelona signed global icon Neymar and added to their already impressive offensive options up front. Barcelona is on a mission to dominate European football again.
Celtic vs AC Milan
AC Milan are the second most successful team in the history of this prestigious competition (7 Champions League titles). Yet, the team of Massimiliano Allegri almost missed out on this year’s qualification after finishing 3rd in the Serie A. The Rossoneri also want revenge for the Champions League defeat against Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16 last year. Stephan El Shaarawy and Mario Balotelli pose the main threat. Both combined 31 goals last season. AC Milan against Barcelona is certainly one of the highlights of the season. AC Milan tickets available now!
Celtic vs Ajax Amsterdam
The ever present Dutch champions are equal to Barcelona’s record in having won the competition 4 times. However, many may feel that Ajax’s glory days are in the past along with legends such as Johan Cruyff. Last year, Ajax finished third in the group stage, just behind Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid. However, quality of play is well known across the world. Ajax has great potential to become a surprise dark horse in the competition.
Celtic FC – Champions League Fixtures and Tickets 2013/14
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Celtic FC - Champions League 2012/13
Champions League – Round of last 16
08.09.2012. Celtic is one of the biggest surprises in this year’s competition and Celtic coach Neil Lennon will relive one of the greatest matches in his playing career as a Celtic player. In 2001, he and his team faced Juventus in the Champions League group stage, where they lost 3-2 in Turin, but beat the Old Italian lady with 4-3 in Glasgow. Glasgow failed to progress, but Neil Lennon recalls: “The 4-3 game was one of the highlights of my career.”
Celtic is currently on top of the Scottish Premier League with 34 points after 17 games. The Neil Lennon team qualified second in Group G with 10 points just behind FC Barcelona (13 points). The second group game against Spartak Moscow ended a 19 game run without an away victory by defeating the Russians with 3:2. Celtic also played a great game against Barcelona before they conceded a late Barcelona goal. Celtic Park will be packed on February 12th for the first Champions League knock-out match in years and the players will be buzzing in anticipation.
The Old Lady is in great shape and won the Scudetto last year without losing a match. This year, Juventus dominated Group E and qualified unbeaten with wins over Chelsea and Shakhtar. Juve beat Chelsea in the group stage with 3:0 at home at the Juventus Stadium. They are also leading the Serie A again and are already 7 point ahead of Inter Milan. Juventus is the clear favourite to advance against Glasgow, but has to expect a hostile environment for the game at Celtic Park. One of their star players this season is Fabio Quagliarella, who scored 6 goals in 11 games. The first leg in Glasgow will be played on Tuesday 12 February at the Celtic Park in Glasgow with the return game on 6 March at the Juventus Stadium.
Champions League – Group G
The Catalan giants will be happy with this draw and will be big favourites to win. They have reached the semi-finals for 5 consecutive seasons and will be on the hunt for their 6th. But in the semi-finals anything can happen, as they found out last year. They are hot favourites to win the whole competition and with David Villa coming back on to the scene, I think they will be the ones to beat once again.
Benfica have recently lost two of their most influential players, Witsel, to PSG and Garcia to Manchester City which will prove to be a major loss for them. It will leave them struggling to find alternatives and they will have a weakened mind set as well as a weakened team.
The Glasgow side have qualified for the first time in 4 years after defeating Helsingsborgs in the play-off round and will be optimistic ahead of their group fixtures. With no Rangers in the SPL this season, Celtic face no real threat in the race for the league title and so will be looking at the Champions League for a challenge. They will be sure to put up a fight against each team and will be looking to use their superb atmosphere at home to put some points on the board.
Spartak are the second team in this group to get to this stage through the play-offs but by no means will they be a walk-over. 2nd place is wide open in this group, if you are to believe Barcelona will win, and Spartak will certainly think they have a chance of snatching 2nd.