Ange Postecoglou provides class media response to persistent Celtic European question

By Lewis Laird

September 5, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has provided a brilliant response to the persistent questions surrounding his attacking system heading into tomorrow night’s game against Real Madrid.

On Tuesday evening, the 57-year-old will take charge of his first game in the UEFA Champions League group stages.

The former Socceroos boss faces the small task of taking on the current holders of the competition in Real Madrid, who will start their European campaign in Glasgow.

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With one of the European powerhouses travelling to Parkhead, many questions have been asked about what system the Hoops may look to utilise tomorrow night.

Ange Postecoglou has been insistent in the past that his team will play the same free-flowing attacking football no matter the opposition.

Despite those previous statements, several questions during today’s press conference ahead of the game were surrounding how Postecoglou and his players will line up to take on Real Madrid.

Once again, Ange produced a fantastic response to the media, insisting that every system in football provides its own risks, and his side’s mentality will not be changing for the Spanish giants.

He said [Celtic FC]: “I think it’s why we’ve been so consistent because the players have a clear understanding of what we need to do every week irrespective of the opponent.

“There are certainly different approaches you can take; I’ve said that a million times. There are a million ways you can be successful in the game of football.

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“If we change our tactics every week, and we were that kind of time, and we were successful, then the players would be expecting that tomorrow night.”

He continued: “I keep saying the reason we play this football is to win. Thats it. There’s no other reason for it.

“I love that it’s exciting. I love that our supporters love it. I think that’s important, but if it wasn’t successful, I wouldn’t do it.”

When asked about the potential risks of playing his attacking system, Ange responded: “Well, if there is a system that doesn’t give you risks, I’d love to hear it.

“If there’s something you can guarantee me tomorrow night that if I played this way, you’re guaranteed to minimise risk. But it doesn’t exist.

“Any system you play, any approach you take, there is an inherent risk. But there is also sometimes, the greater the risk, the greater the opportunity because we’re trying to do things a little bit differently.

“We don’t want to be like every other team. With that, there is always that possibility that you’ll stumble. That’s fine; stumbled in the past, but the important thing is you dust yourself off and keep going.”

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Ange Postecoglou has made his intentions clear, and he is absolutely right to stick to his guns.

The focus at the beginning of this afternoon’s press conference seemed to mostly be surrounding how Ange Postecoglou is going to approach this game.

But, the ex-Yokohama F Marinos boss has made his intentions clear on several occasions; this is how his team is going to play.

And if you listen to Postecoglou’s reasoning for that, he is absolutely spot on in sticking to his approach.

Tomorrow evening should prove to be an extremely exciting occasion, and the Hoops will be right at it from the off against the European champions.

Here’s hoping that the Bhoys can create another special night at Paradise to remember, with Ange Postecoglou and his players set to make this one a fascinating match-up.

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