Ferencvaros are absolutely flying ahead of their Celtic Park trip next week

By David Walton

October 12, 2021

When Ferencvaros return to Celtic Park next week, they’re going to do so in buoyant mood.

Celtic fans know from last season that the Hungarian champions simply can’t be underestimated. Bundling us out of the UCL qualifying rounds at Parkhead in 2020 was an embarrassing low-point of the Neil Lennon era.

Back then, it was Sergei Rebrov who was in charge as the Hungarians counter-attacked their way to European success in Glasgow. This year, the Hoops will come up against Austrian tactician Peter Stoger, with the former Borussia Dortmund manager appointed back in the summer.

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Since then, Ferencvaros have become an even bigger attacking threat. Shrewd additions such as Ryan Mmaee from Limassol and Muhamed Besic from Everton have certainly added to their threat.

So much so that they’re in blistering goalscoring form this season. In 19 competitive games, Ferencvaros have netted a stunning 46 goals. In addition to that, they’re top of the Hungarian First Division with 7 wins and 1 defeat – including a 9-0 rout of FC Hatvan last month.

And they’ve continued to be goal threat on the European stage too. Ferencvaros KO’d Slavia Prague from the Champions League qualifiers and only narrowly missed out on the UCL to Young Boys. They have 19 goals in 20 European games this season, only firing a blank in their away game against Slavia.

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They’re coming to Celtic Park in terrific form and with a point to prove. Whilst many may not have been overly impressed with them last season, they look an even bigger attacking threat this season under Peter Stoger.

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Of course, they’re not exactly the perfect footballing team either. They’ve still conceded in 13 of their competitive matches this season, and their defensive work isn’t something they’re necessarily known for.

In fact, Kristoffer Zachariassen, a Norwegian talent who signed for Ferencvaros in the summer, told media in his homeland that there isn’t much emphasis put on defending with his new club [csakfoci].

In many ways, you could say they mirror Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic team. A side that puts their focus on attacking football whilst having a shaky defence at the back.

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The only difference is that the Hungarians are actually in good form. They’re bossing things domestically whilst throwing impressive punches on the European stage. They’re going to be anything but cannon-fodder when they pitch up at Celtic Park next week.

Celtic are likely going to see an improved Ferencvaros rock up under Stoger. A side ready to take the game to us and punish defensive mistakes regardless of what time in the game they’re made.

It’s going to be a hugely interesting double-header as we look ahead to matchday 3 and 4 of the UEL. Fingers crossed we’re able to show our best and get a much-needed 3 points next week.

In other news, Celtic will have 3 frightening wide options when James Forrest and Karamoko Dembele return

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