'Zero chance': Cluj boss Dan Petrescu's bleak assessment of Celtic hopes
CFR Cluj manager Dan Petrescu has been commenting on the upcoming Europa League clash with Celtic amid an injury and illness crisis at the Romanian club.
Cluf, of course, knocked Celtic out of the Champions League at the qualifying rounds this season but have since dropped into the Europa League themselves.
They were drawn with Celtic, who have dominated their group and already secured their status as winners ahead of Cluj, Lazio and Rennes.
Cluj, however, are currently second but only three points ahead of Lazio with one game left. Defeat v Celtic and the Italians beating already eliminated Rennes could see Petrescu’s side fail to advance.
The Transylvanian side are currently in the midst of an injury crisis and have to play three games in nine days, with league games against Sepsi and Botosani prior to their Celtic clash.
Petrescu, in conversation with Digisport, suggested one of those games needed to be postponed or his side would have ‘no chance’ against Celtic.
“I don’t understand this program. It is very important that we manage to postpone one of these two matches. Otherwise, we have no chance with Celtic. Zero chance.
“If we want to defend Romania, we have to postpone the match.”
Of course, Celtic are already qualified and Neil Lennon is likely to ring some changes ahead of the clash with Cluj. That said, they will want to continue their good form so Lennon is still set to name a strong team to take on their Champions League conquerors.
So plenty of fringe players might be licking their lips at the anticipation of facing a Cluj team who are clearly in some disarray ahead of the game.
Time will tell if Celtic can punish them as a result.