Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is changing his approach for no-one

By Euan Davidson

August 17, 2021

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is determined to play football his way, regardless of the opponent.

Speaking ahead of the Bhoys’ first leg Europa League play-off clash against AZ, the Greek-Aussie manager sounded more determined than ever to play the swashbuckling, attacking football he’s become known for.

If anything, he wants it ramped up.

AZ Alkmaar represent strong opposition for Europa League qualification, having finished third in the Eredivisie last term. However, they’ve lost some key players, and suffered a shock defeat on Saturday.

They’re a side that are there to be got at. But you sense that, even if it was an even bigger team we were facing, Ange would be viewing things the same way.

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou told Celtic TV:

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“I know people say [AZ]’s a step up, but I have never looked at football that way.

“What is paramount for us is, what we have done in the last four or five games, we are increasing and improving our football and the tempo we want to play, especially at home. So, irrespective of the opponent, we go into Wednesday night and take that approach.

“If [the players] can get the rewards out there and see it come to fruition and they get that feeling that they want more if it, and they understand that to get more of it, you have got to keep buying into what we are doing.”

The plan for Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou? More of the same.

It’s frightening to think that, despite Celtic’s electrifying performances in recent games, Postecoglou is by no means finished yet. If anything, we’re still in nascent stages of his management.

So, from the perspective of Celtic boss Postecoglou, there’s probably still a lot to do. We’ve seen in parts that, despite the terrifyingly rapid movement going forward, and the brilliant hassling been done off the ball, there are still frailties.

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For one thing, finishing chances. As weird as it is to say, the Hearts, Dundee and Jablonec games could’ve all garnered even higher score-lines. This isn’t me saying we weren’t good enough, but looking at the chances we created in all three games, it’s not impossible to argue.

Taking chances will be paramount against a team who, in many ways, are like we are. Against RKC Waalwijk, AZ Alkmaar played countless good passes, created 15 chances, and generally defended with gritty determination [FotMob]. However, they ended up losing 1-0.

There are going to be chances for both teams, who play high up, love to counter with pace and create several goal-scoring opportunities. Really, it might end up being about who takes more of theirs, obvious as that sounds.

So why not try to increase the level, and the tempo? Why change our approach when theirs is a system to be exploited?

Postecoglou is right: more of the same, and we will win more matches. And in potentially even greater style, too.

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