Celtic hero Kyogo brilliantly breaks down his performance vs Brazil

By David Walton

June 7, 2022

Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi has gone into some deep analysis regarding his performance against Brazil yesterday.

The Japanese forward was chosen by Hajime Moriyasu to lead the line against Tite’s star-studded side in their pre-Kremlin Cup friendly match.

Kyogo put in a lively display as he had a couple of efforts on goal and occasionally troubled Marquinhos and Eder Militao with his footwork. However, in the end, he failed to find the net as Japan lost 1-0 thanks to a late Neymar penalty.

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And the Celtic forward has been breaking down his performance as he discussed the experience of playing the lone-striker role against world class opposition.

As quoted by Soccer King, Kyogo said: “Frankly speaking, each Brazilian player was good, and I learned a lot from playing against them. It was a lot of fun to experience something good firsthand, and although it was frustrating to lose and not be able to do anything, I feel that we can still grow.

“We conceded a goal, but we were able to put our bodies on the line at the end, and defensively it was good that we kept the score at on. But in attack, as an individual I am an attacking player, so I had few chances to get a shot off, and although I had time to hold the ball, I had to be able to take it from there.

“I thought (the opponents) reacted very quickly. When I tried to break away, two other players (Marquinhos and Eder Militon) had already reacted, and there were times during the game when my feet stopped, so I had to keep my antenna up and be ready to take a position where I didn’t want to be, and be ready to break away at the right moment.

“In yesterday’s game, I think my reaction was slow by 0.5 seconds or 1 second. I think the difference of a few seconds or tenths of a second is the difference between getting in the back side and not getting the back side, so I need to work on that more and more. Yesterday, my legs stopped and I wasn’t able to take advantage of situations where I could have.”

Kyogo left wanting more after Brazil defeat

You can understand why Kyogo was left feeling a touch unsatisfied by the Brazil loss. Despite the narrow margin of defeat, it clearly irks him that he wasn’t able to make the most of the few opportunities he had.

However, for us, we can appreciate the positives. He managed to hold the ball up well and win several free-kicks to relieve the pressure on his side. That’s going to be important for Celtic in the UCL this season when Kyogo comes up against World Class defenders.

In addition to that, he did well to escape the Brazilian defence on 2 occasions. He managed to get in between Marquinhos and Eder to glance a header over. He then came close to getting on the end of a knock-down in the penalty.

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It would’ve been more frustrating had Kyogo been a total non-threat throughout the match, but this wasn’t the case. He didn’t get much in the way of service and was playing an effective role when dropping deep.

He shouldn’t view not scoring in the game as a big negative. As high as the standards are for the player himself, it’s important to recognise the level of quality he was up against. That he looked a threat to some degree is a big plus.

Hopefully, he can now make his mark in the Kirin Cup as he looks to move on.

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