Cluj warmed up for their second trip to Celtic Park of the season with a comfortable 3-0 win over fourth placed Gaz Metan on Sunday. That followed elimination from Cupa Romania on penalty kicks on Wednesday, although manager, Dan Petrescu made 11 changes for the Cup game from his usual league selection.
Petrescu also made 11 changes for the league game before facing Celtic last time. The gamble paid off in Champions League qualifiers August but the Cluj side who won on Sunday will look a lot like the one we face on Thursday. Making so many changes is brave and I like bravery, you need to take chances in football, but not necessarily in cup competitions.
The stats for their game against Gaz Metan are interesting, Gaz, despite losing heavily and being away from home to the champions, enjoyed 57% possession and had more attempts at goal. This is a counter-attacking team.