Ferencvaros man's comments on Celtic intensity show Ange approach is working

By Euan Davidson

October 20, 2021

Ferencvaros goalkeeper Dénes Dibusz may have saved a penalty, but he was far from happy about losing to Celtic last night.

The Hungarian ‘keeper had plenty of work to do, with the Bhoys creating a ridiculous 18 chances yesterday [Fotmob]. Dibusz denied Callum McGregor from the spot, but could do little about Kyogo or Turnbull (via a slice of luck) netting in the Europa League clash.

Dibusz, though, points at a key factor, which suggests Ange Postecoglou’s high-press, high-intensity system is causing problems for opposition sides.

It’s taken some fine-tuning, but it feels like Postecoglou is on the cusp of finding his winning formula. Celtic have been cut apart by clinical attacks, most notably against Bayer Leverkusen and Real Betis. Yesterday, though, there was constant urgency in the press.

Celtic just didn’t give Ferencvaros any room to breathe, particularly in a rambunctious second-half showing.

Speaking after the game, Dibusz said [Origo]:

“We couldn’t get the ball out, even if we had a pass, we couldn’t keep the ball, so we were under constant pressure to defend. [Ferencvaros] should be glad that this did not become a major defeat… 

“We have to learn from this match because our home match against Celtic will be our last chance to get there in third place.”

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Ange Postecoglou is onto something with Celtic, as Ferencvaros keeper suggests

Celtic were relentless in their approach yesterday. That’s no accident, it’s exactly what the boss has wanted from his players since day one.

The training ground “we don’t stop” comments ring especially true now. Postecoglou is moulding his team into an outfit who just don’t give any time or space to their opponents.

It’s been difficult to implement. With ever-changing back-fours, full-backs learning to invert and a midfield that isn’t necessarily pacy, defending as a unit isn’t something that happens overnight.

Dibusz, from his vantage point, saw how well this Celtic team are progressing. He’s right; in a sense he’s extremely lucky he didn’t concede far more than two on the day.

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With Celtic looking to secure at least third place in their Europa League group, a repeat showing in Hungary is entirely necessary. Betis, too, are beatable. Bayer Leverkusen might be a bridge too far at this point, but we at least showed some considerable courage against a formidable Bundesliga outfit.

When a high press and constant pressure on the ball-carrier works, it’s divine. It’s how football ought to be played. Celtic players should feel personally offended when they’re not in possession.

Postecoglou said he would need time to get things right. Performing like this consistently is the next step.

If Celtic can play like they did against Ferencvaros twice a week? Watch out.

Read more: Celtic set a new standard under Postecoglou yesterday; next step is matching it