FC Midtjylland boss isn't satisfied with his side's defending ahead of Celtic clash

By David Walton

July 8, 2021

FC Midtjylland continued their preparations ahead of the Celtic tie with a 3-2 loss to Lech Poznan yesterday, and manager Bo Henriksen wants improvement at the back.

So far, our Euro rivals have been having a busy time of it. The Danish Superliga side secured an impressive win against Malmo before going on a survival trip to help bond the players.

They’ve since started a new camp in Poland where they were scheduled to play two matches against Poznan and Sigma Olomouc respectively.

Midtjylland made two half-time subs and swapped eight players on the hour in a bid to get some match sharpness back into all of their players against Poznan yesterday.

Manager Bo Henriksen was pleased with the outing, but told the official Midtjylland site that there are big improvements to make defensively:

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“We got many useful answers in relation to the way we would like to approach the matches. This is especially true defensively, where we must acknowledge that we had some situations where we were challenged, and we need to become more skilled at that.

“At the other end, I see lots of quality, but we just lack the last in thought and action, and then the match could easily have ended with some more goals. But it is natural now that we have trained hard the first days in Poland and there are many new relationships.

“The boys are doing their best, but there is some uncertainty and it is our, and in particular my, most important task, to create security in our relationships and in our games.”

FC Midtjylland continue prep but Celtic have the tools to KO them

In their first two pre-season matches, Midtjylland have conceded four goals. You can understand their manager’s demand for improvement given they’re only 12 days out from facing Celtic.

Midtjylland’s league season, of course, begins several days earlier at home to Odense on July 16th. So they shouldn’t be far off their top level at this stage given the new campaign is only around the corner for them.

Interestingly, two of the goals conceded by Midtjylland yesterday came direct from corner kicks. On both occasions, the Danish side were all over the place and scrambled to try and get the ball away, as they failed to deal with knock-ons.

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Not to mention the first conceded was from a direct winger taking on the full-back and winning the penalty. Midtjylland, defensively, looked slow both in terms of their general pace and in their reactions. It’s no wonder Henriksen is a touch concerned.

Celtic have the tools in their squad to exploit Midtjylland’s defensive frailties. We have several terrific crossers of the dead-ball, whilst hopefully James Forrest will be back fit to have a go at them.

You can watch Midtjylland’s full game against Lech Poznan on Poznan’s official YouTube channel. Midtjylland’s next warm-up game comes in three days.

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