'Weird' - Bayern Munich star recalls previous Champions League encounter with Celtic
By Aramide Oladipo
Bayern Munich playmaker Thiago has labelled the last time in which he faced SPL champions Celtic as a “weird game”.
The 26-year-old was part of the Barcelona squad who travelled to Scotland to face the Hoops at Celtic Park in a Champions League group tie during the 2012-13 campaign.
Under the guidance of manager Neil Lennon, Celtic pulled off a remarkable 2-1 victory over the five-time European Cup winners thanks to goals from Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt.
Although he failed to feature for the Catalan club that night, the match remains fresh in the mind of the Spanish midfielder.
“I was at Barcelona when we played Celtic five years ago when we lost,” he said as quoted in the Evening Times.
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“It was a weird game. I think we had the most possession of a team in any game of football.
“Suddenly, they scored the late goal and ended up winning the game. That is football. You can play like that and win.
“It shows what can happen in any game. For sure, that could happen to us again, but we will prepare well.”
Thiago is likely to enjoy minutes on the pitch against Brendan Rodgers’ side when Bayern welcome them to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening.
Although the Spain international has suffered from injury this season, he has already contributed with one goal and one assist in all competitions this season.
The attacking midfielder has become an important part of the Bayern first-team, helping the club secure four consecutive Bundesliga titles.
The Bundesliga champions will be looking to bounce back in Europe after enduring a humbling 3-0 defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain last month.
Celtic should be full of confidence going into this tough fixture after enjoying a comfortable 3-0 win over Anderlecht in their last Champions League match.