How the Ferencvaros camp have reacted to being bossed by Celtic

By David Walton

October 19, 2021

Ferencvaros have tonight left Celtic Park with their tail between their legs after being bossed by the Hoops in Glasgow.

A 2-0 win at Parkhead has made given us a massive chance to put ourselves back in contention for last-32 qualification. At the very least, it’s given us a colossal opportunity to make the Conference League latter stages.

We all know what the reaction is like from Celtic Park. Everyone is delighted with how today’s game has gone and there’s plenty of morale in the camp at the moment. But how have our rivals taken the defeat and what was their take on it?

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Well, judging by goalkeeper Denes Dibusz’s instant reaction, there’s a bit of delusion creeping in. As quoted by Hungarian outlet Origo, Dibusz said: “We were beaten in the second half. In the first half, we had control of the match even more, we had opportunities, we had shots. If we look at things realistically, we have to see that there wasn’t much more in this match. A tie maybe would’ve been right, but by no means a defeat.”

Manager Peter Stoger wasn’t so willing to let his side off the hook. As quoted by Origo, he said: “We were under a lot of pressure in the second half and in some situations our defense was inadequate. Just like against Zalaegerszeg over the weekend, we thought we could get away with the little mistakes, no.

“We were quite good from the front to the first goal and maybe the result was disappointing, but we had the opportunities. As for the second goal, however, I can also say that we cannot afford that. The midfielders had to work very hard, so we have to upgrade in this part of the team.

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“Once in a while, we have to take advantage of our opportunities and play a flawless 90 minutes if we want to reach third place.”

Mixed feelings in the Ferencvaros camp after Celtic defeat

It’s certainly mixed feelings by the looks of things. On one hand you have the goalkeeper trying to claim it was largely a 50-50 game. On the other, a manager who could see clearly his team’s failings.

Midfielder Balint Vecsei, who netted the own goal in the second half, also admitted his team simply weren’t good enough and made too many mistakes [Origo]. The truth is he’s spot on.

Let’s get it right, Ferencvaros were extremely poor at Celtic Park today. This was meant to be a more open, expansive side than the one we faced last-year. However, Stoger’s men looked more content to sit deep and try to hit us on the counter, similar to how they performed in our previous meeting.

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We had heard so much about the talented 11-goal striker Ryan Mmaee [Transfermarkt]. Instead, he fluffed his lines with his only opportunity and was bullied by our centre-backs for the rest of the match.

Of course, we have to be wary of speaking too soon. We still have the return game in Budapest in a fortnight. No doubt Ferencvaros will be a much improved side for that one. But even so, you would still fancy this Celtic side to get the job done against the Hungarian champions regardless of what country they’re playing in.

And even though they’ll be out for blood come matchday 4, we were able to see just how limited Ferencvaros can truly be made to look today.

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