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Time for the good, the bad, and the ugly from yesterday's Celtic vs Ferencvaros game. Wyscout had the game at 1.72-0.31 xG with 25 vs 7 shots, 8 vs 3 on target, and pretty much 70-30% possession. I would say that the main good is that despite Lennon's post-game comments, players
appear to have played hard overall. I think players generally seemed to try to make the best of flawed selection and tactics. I am not going to slaughter players who are not good enough at no fault of their own, or playing out of position for the umpteenth time.
Lots of bad, so I will just highlight a couple and they will be familiar. Been harping on midfield structure, lack of creativity, and transitions being problems, with stepping up to better quality opponents likely to exacerbate. Here is typical picture of midfield issue.
Even with Edouard out imbalance of McGregor left vs Brown remained. Ball rotated to Brown who was central in a location where one might want a playmaker to be in possession with balance of attackers right and left. Instead we have Brown in possession and imbalance. Rinse repeat.
These two screenshot are 6 seconds apart. McGregor and Ntcham circled in black with Brown losing a duel in yellow. BOOM- off to the races. Massive gap in midfield and Brown 20 yards left in the dust. I highlighted these exact issues in Dundee Utd game.
Now the ugly- another consistent issue reared its ugly head again- terrible shot selection. 15 of 25 shots were from outside the box, for a total of only 0.35 xG. 7 of the shots were blocked. The remaining 10 shots inside the box had total xG of 1.37, and that was with giving
Christie credit for 0.40 xG on the cross he fanned on at the 6 yard line. Avg of less than 0.07 xG per shot vs a team of Ferencvaros' level relative to Celtic was terrible. As I stated repeatedly this year, Forster's performances vs Lazio and Cup Final covered up burgeoning...
problems, and many landed yesterday. Compound all the legacy issues with Christie at striker for Edouard, and we had a certifiable trainwreck. Let's hope required changes are finally made. End.
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