Ferencvaros star can't believe how quickly Celtic move the ball under Ange Postecoglou
Ferencvaros hero Myrto Uzuni has admitted that he was left hugely impressed with how Celtic moved the ball in the recent 2-0 win for the Hoops at Celtic Park.
Tomorrow, Celtic will take on the Hungarian champions in a must-win encounter if we’re to qualify for the last-32. However, it’ll have to be done with no fans as the Hoops support faces a lockout at the Groupama Arena.
Celtic have shown real inconsistency this season when it comes to the speed of their play, with so much relying on the likes of Tom Rogic and David Turnbull. Both played in the last encounter with Ferencvaros, and it was a match the Hoops more than deserved the 3 points in.
And as he reflected on the meeting last month, the Albanian has hailed the passing ability of the Hoops in particular. As quoted by Hungarian outlet Nemzeti Sport, Uzuni said: “Their defence was very good and they had a lot of the ball on the field. Yet I saw the biggest difference in the passing of the ball, they passed so fast that it was often difficult to follow.
“At one point the ball was on the right, a few moments later they were already breaking forward on the left. We meet great teams again in the group stage, but we didn’t get here by accident either.
“We certainly don’t need to be motivated separately. We also have the strength, even though the matches follow each other every few days, there can be no question of fatigue. We have to correct the mistakes made in the match in Scotland. It will not be easy, but we have to control it at home.”
Celtic have shown a scary level of performance in periods this season
Celtic have, in truth, put in some scary levels of performance this season. Even despite the fact we’re operating with a totally new squad, we’ve blown certain opposition away. Ferencvaros included.
However, at the same time, there are major improvements that are still to be made. Uzuni may remember a slick, free-flowing Celtic that played with confidence and authority 2 weeks ago. But that’s not what we saw at Celtic Park on Saturday.
In fact, it’s not what we saw at the likes of Tynecastle, Ibrox, or the Tony Macaroni Arena either. It’s not what we saw against Bayer Leverkusen at Celtic Park, or in a recent home game against Dundee United. That’s where the issue of inconsistency comes in.
This frustration of inconsistency has often come when Celtic have been missing a key player or 2. For example, if Kyogo isn’t playing as the lone-striker, it gives us real issues. The same goes for when Rogic picks up a knock.
Ange has still to find the solutions to replacing his best players and still making Celtic look well-oiled. That could come with time or it could come with transfer work. But we go to Hungary knowing there’s just a good a chance of us failing to perform as there is us taking our rivals by storm.
Let’s see what Celtic decide to turn up.