Celtic can trouble Barcelona, warns Zubizarreta

The former Spain international believes the Blaugrana could be in for a difficult match midweek, and has stressed that playing homegrown youngsters is part of the club's culture
Andoni Zubizarreta has claimed that a difficult task awaits Barcelona on Wednesday when they travel to Glasgow to face Celtic in the Champions League.

The Catalans recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win over the Scottish champions at Camp Nou a fortnight ago, and their sporting director is expecting a similarly-tough return fixture against their Group G rivals.

"We won with a last-minute goal at Camp Nou. It won’t be easy to win. Their fans get right behind them and their style of play is tough for us to deal with," Zubizarreta was quoted as saying on Barca's official website.

"We want to top our group to guarantee a good draw in the next round. We’ll try and secure qualification as quickly as we can."

Zubizarreta then went onto discuss the success of La Masia, and insisted that playing youth products is deep embedded within the club's culture.

"The difference is that we have a culture of playing our youngsters," the former Spain goalkeeper added. "Barca have a culture of grooming homegrown players and then we are brave enough to play them.

"As a club, that’s what we promote and it’s given us great results over recent years. We understand the game in our own way and with a particular type of player."