Ferencvaros boss asked by Hungarian media how to stop "excellent" Celtic player

By David Walton

November 4, 2021

Ferencvaros manager Peter Stoger has been asked how he’ll try to deal with Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi tonight.

Hungarian media outlet Nemzeti Sport took notice of the Japanese flags plastered around Parkhead in the 2-0 win over Ferencvaros last time out. Unsurprisingly, Kyogo was the one who opened the scoring in that one with the goal being one of 10 he’s bagged since his summer arrival from Vissel Kobe [Transfermarkt].

Kyogo has been the signing of the summer for Celtic ae he continues to make an incredible impression on the Hoops support. And he’ll no doubt be the main man up top once again in tonight’s highly-anticipated clash.

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And after being asked about how he’ll plan to stop him, Stoger instead decided to talk up the other threats Celtic have got as he looked ahead to tonights game.

As quoted by Nemzeti Sport, Stoger said: “He’s an excellent player, he proved that at the meeting in Scotland . But it would be a luxury to be prepared for just one player, as Celtic has four or five extremely dangerous football players up front. 

“We need to pay close attention to all of them. In Glasgow we closed better in the defence in the first half. The opponent did not even create any chances, but then we relaxed at the back after the turn in the second half.”

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Kyogo Furuhashi will be the key man for Celtic against Ferencvaros

Stoger is trying to be diplomatic here of course. Celtic do indeed have some hefty attacking threats this season, but there’s no denying Kyogo is the main man. Especially if he plays in his more natural centre-forward position tonight.

This should be the kind of game he thrives in too. Remember, his goal 2 weeks ago came when Ferencvaros looked to push out and try to put pressure on our defence. All of a sudden, they were exposed at the back, with Kyogo punishing them expertly.

Tonight, he should have similar space to get in behind and punish them with his brilliant off-ball runs. He’s the major threat and Stoger will know it.

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Kyogo is starting to get a reputation for producing for Celtic in Europe too. He’s now scored against Jablonec, AZ Alkmaar (x2), and Ferencvaros respectively. Let’s also not forget the amount of opportunities he created for himself against Bayer Leverkusen back in September.

He’s a player who just has that “It Factor”. He can unlock a defence with one run and he’s constantly looking for ways to hurt the opposition even when he isn’t on the ball. Ferencvaros will feel the full extent of that tonight.

Let’s hope we make the most of the opportunities that come our way.

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