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Rodgers: I wasn’t surprised that City beat Barcelona

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After being focused by Celtic’s 1-1 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach Brendan Rodgers wasn’t surprised to find out that Manchester City had beaten Barcelona.

Luis Enrique’s side will arrive at Celtic Park on November 23 without having clinched their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

You can name your own odds on Barcelona losing to Celtic and Borussia Monchengladbach on the back of their defeat at the Etihad but when he got news from Manchester on Tuesday night the hoops boss wasn’t shocked.

No, because they (City) are a world-class team in their own right,” Rodgers replied when asked if he had been surprised by Barcelona’s defeat.

“I haven’t seen the game yet but again they showed at our place the top level they are at, the investment in the club and the coach (Pep Guardiola) is arguably the world’s best and they have got the top players functioning very well.

“So I wasn’t surprised. Barcelona have lose three times this season and Manchester City are a top team.”

Tuesday’s results threw Group C into the melting pot with all sorts of permutations still possible.

By this stage in the group it was expected that Barcelona and Manchester City would be home and dry with Celtic and Gladbach fighting over scraps to reach the Europa League.

Celtic need a win over Barcelona or Manchester City to stand a chance of reaching the Europa League and must hope that Gladbach don’t take any further points from the same fixtures.

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