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The blueprint to beating Barcelona

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Mickael Lustig knows what it takes to beat Barcelona.

In 2012 the full-back was part of the Celtic side that stunned the Catalan superstars when goals from Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt earned a famous victory.

Results like that don’t come around too often with the hoops hit for six and seven in their last two matches against Barca.

After losing 3-1 to Manchester City in midweek Barca still have to qualify for the last 16 with back-to-back defeats in the Champions League unheard of.

Celtic are effectively fighting with Monchengladbach for a Europa League spot but the glamour, attention and excitement of hosting Lionel Messi & Co will be more than enough for Brendan Rodgers side to focus on.

I played in the last game when we beat Barcelona at Celtic Park,” Lustig said. “It is going to be tough but we have shown against them that anything can happen.

Nobody expected us to beat Barcelona and we did it, so that must give us confidence.

We also got a good result against Manchester City, so we have shown in front of a full house at Celtic Park that we can be a match for anybody.

When we beat them at home it wasn’t our best performance, but it was a brilliant result.

If we can keep to our game plan and take a chance or two, then you never know.”

The defender added: “Defensively we will be up against it with the likes of Messi, Suarez and Neymar. They showed out in Barcelona how good they are and we know we have to be better than we were there.

That is the challenge, not only for the defenders but the entire team.”

Tuesday night was Lustig’s fourth match in ten days which should put to bed fears about his fitness following a double hip operation in 2013.

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