Midtjylland coach has just given away how they plan to exploit Celtic

By David Walton

July 27, 2021

Midtjylland assistant coach Henrik Jensen has stated that they will look to exploit Celtic via set-pieces in tomorrow night’s UEFA Champions League qualifier.

Celtic are level with the Danes after a 1-1 stalemate at Parkhead last week. Both sides, however, need to win on the night given the abolishment of the away-goal rule.

There was heavy disappointment from a Hoops perspective last week in the nature of Midtjylland’s Celtic Park equaliser. A deep free-kick from Evander managed to evade Vasilis Barkas and creep in at the back post.

And Midtjylland number two Jensen has claimed set-pieces is the most important aspect of tomorrow’s game for the Danes.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Jensen said: “When we analyse everything from the first leg and when we look at ourselves, we know where our strengths are in relation to the opposition and that is certainly in set pieces.

“We often look to prioritise set pieces in matches and against Celtic it is certainly an avenue in the game we will look to continue using to our advantage.

“For us the most important thing is how we set up our set pieces and how players commit in the best possible situations.”

Midtjylland coach believes they have set-piece advantage over Celtic

The equaliser took the shine off of things, but Celtic did extremely well to limit Midtjylland last week. The visitors only had three shots at goal and even Evander’s free-kick looked to be a cross.

In terms of set-pieces, Celtic also managed to restrict them to only two corners. Both of which Midtjylland didn’t offer any form of threat from [Fotomob].

To say they have some sort of advantage over us with set-pieces is unfair. It’s not as if the defence were all over the place with the goal last week either. It was a goalkeeping error – not something you expect to happen consistently.

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So whilst Ange Postecoglou will be determined to keep the door shut from set-pieces, he won’t be fearful of them. Nor should be. It’s not as if in any of our matches so far in pre-season we’ve looked shaky when it comes to cross-balls.

Celtic’s main issue has been being caught on the counter. A lack of pace at the back was noticeable against West Ham United on Saturday. Nir Bitton’s red card against Midtjylland also came from a counter.

So there’s no certainty the game will be dependent on set-pieces. Celtic will strongly fancy their chances, and so they should.

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