Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama: Celtic capitilised on Barcelona's weaknesses

The combative star, who headed home the opening goal, reveals to that Celtic knew the Catalans were not 'comfortable with aerial balls'
By David Kwalimwa

Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama claims Celtic knew Barcelona were not 'comfortable with aerial balls' before the two sides met in the Uefa Champions League this season.

The Scottish champions registered a historic 2-1 victory against the Catalans at Celtic Park on Wednesday. Incidentally Wanyama's goal in that match coupled with Celtic's goal during the 2-1 first leg defeat at the Camp Nou were scored from from set pieces.

“We took time to study how Barcelona play before we faced them, on the ground they are very comfortable - with or without the ball. But in the air it’s a different story,” Wanyama told

The 21 year-old - who is the first player from East Africa to score in the Uefa Champions League - adds that his teammates will not concentrate much on the result against the Catalans, but instead, focus on securing qualification to the knockout phase.

"We need to look at the remaining games (at home to Spartak Moscow and away to Benfica), qualification (to the knock out stage) is a priority. It’s possible and we will not rest on our laurels until it’s achieved.”

Despite a host of European clubs fighting for his signature, Wanyama insists he his happy at Celtic.

“I am happy at Celtic and satisfied with my performances so far, it won’t be in order to speculate about the future, I believe an appropriate time will come when I’ll be able to make a decision on my sporting future.”

“My aim at Celtic is to score goals and keep improving every day and I thank God that everything is working out for me well.”