Dan Petrescu’s praising of Celtic just won’t die down as he tossed yet more positive words the Hoops’ way.
The CFR Cluj manager managed to mastermind a stunning Champions League qualification recovery at Celtic Park on Tuesday night. The Romanians won the tie 5-4 on aggregate, taking the lead three times on the night before eventually seeing it through.
Interestingly, and perhaps most impressively, the Cluj players never seemed rocked by the Parkhead atmosphere. They took it with a pinch of salt and stayed composed on the ball.
But it was Celtic’s attacking intent against Cluj that impressed Petrescu. And, in quotes published by Football Scotland, he’s now stated that Celtic can beat anyone on their own patch.
“I can’t believe it, it’s the second time I’ve played in Scotland in the Champions League and my team scored four goals again.
“I never expected that, to tell you the truth. My players deserve big congratulations, I told them they need to play the game of their lives to win today because we know Celtic will score goals.
“I told you yesterday we needed a miracle for Celtic not to score, because they have so much quality up-front and can win against any team in Europe.”
Petrescu’s words would’ve been agreeable over 10 years ago
Celtic Park has lost its mystique a little these days. Teams are turning up at our home ground, playing good football, and leaving with convincing results.
Over the last 12 months, we’ve now seen Valencia, RB Salzburg, and Cluj all come to Parkhead and take us out. Over a decade ago that just wouldn’t be happening.
The days of beating Manchester United, Barcelona, and AC Milan inside our famous old stadium are long gone. Now we’re just struggling to actually MAKE the same competition as them.
Most of it is to blame on the monster the CL has become. It’s a money-making exercise and a chance for the big clubs with big cash to mingle. We, unfortunately, don’t fall into that bracket.
The result against Cluj reminded us exactly of where we are at. It’s not a pretty sight either, as we continue to struggle beating sides in Europe who have smaller budgets than us. Cluj join a growing involving teams such as Maribor, Legia Warsaw, Malmo and AEK Athens respectively. Teams Celtic should have more than enough for.
So Petrescu may have just been trying to mean well and send some kind words over to Parkhead. But in truth, the days of us beating big teams at our famous home is further away than it’s ever been.