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Barcelona ‘relaxed’ about Celtic defeat, says Lionel Messi

Published 08/11/2012 | 10:48

LIONEL MESSI has claimed there is no panic in the Barcelona camp after last night’s shock defeat to Celtic.

"We are still in first place and we are relaxed," said Barca's World Player of the Year.

"I think we did everything well, we got into goal-scoring positions but the ball just didn't go in," added the Argentine, who became a father for the first time when his son Thiago was born last week.

"They were comfortable closing ranks in defence, waiting for a chance to counterattack, a corner or a freekick and that's how they managed to score the two goals."

Barca remain top of the group on nine points, two ahead of Celtic in second. Benfica have four points and Spartak Moscow are bottom on three after the Portuguese side won 2-0 at home to the Russians on Wednesday.

Barca coach Tito Vilanova and his players were generally gracious in defeat and there was a sense they had even enjoyed the electric atmosphere at Celtic Park despite the defeat.

"It's a marvel, an example," Xavi said.

Celtic's victory ended Barca's run of 17 away games in the Champions League group stage without losing.

They last fell at Chelsea, 1-0 in October 2006, and had since won 11 and drawn six.

They have another chance to seal their passage to the last 16 away to Spartak on Nov. 20 before they host Benfica on Dec. 5. (Reporting by Iain Rogers

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