Quilindschy Hartman of Feyenoord has expressed confidence in his team’s performance against Celtic, despite the initial challenge posed by Kyogo and Daizen Maeda. Hartman suggests that their victory was ‘easy’, even though they had to strategize around the Japanese duo.
The Scottish Premiership champions began their Champions League journey with a disappointing 2-0 defeat in Rotterdam. The match saw Gustaf Lagerbielke and Odin Thiago Holm from Celtic receive red cards within five minutes of each other on Dutch soil.
Brendan Rodgers’ squad managed to hold off the Dutch victors during the first half until goalkeeper Joe Hart was caught off guard by Calvin Stengs’ free kick just before halftime.
Hartman admitted it took some time for Feyenoord to figure out how to handle Celtic’s aggressive offensive line-up led by Asian players. However, he noted that as the game progressed, the opponents seemed fatigued, providing more room for Feyenoord after the send-offs.
A dream come true for young player
According to Hartman, Arne Slot’s side significantly improved its performance post-interval following advice from their manager at halftime. He described playing in such an important tournament as a dream come true since he had been associated with Feyenoord since childhood.