Ange Postecoglou shows no Celtic sympathy as he delivers classic media quip
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou isn’t in the mood for showing his squad any sympathy after their 2-1 loss to Sydney FC this morning.
The Bhoys took to the Allianz Stadium for their first of two matches in the Sydney Super Cup, facing off against Sydney FC.
Unfortunately, it ended in defeat for the Hoops, as the A-League side came from one goal behind to win 2-1 on home soil.
Despite today’s match just being a friendly outing, after domestic action came to a halt due to the World Cup in Qatar, Ange Postecoglou was left unimpressed with what he had seen from his side.
Reacting to the defeat, the 57-year-old insisted that his players were ‘way off’ the level and standard that they should be producing, as they have done in domestic action this season.
Of course, there may have been some factors which led to the disappointing loss, including his squad having to deal with the jetlag after travelling from Scotland to Australia in the last few days.
The time difference between Glasgow and Syndey is 11 hours, with today’s match taking place in the evening down under. However, for the players, this game would have been kicking off before 9 AM back home in Scotland, which certainly isn’t a time we are used to matches taking place.
Speaking to the press after defeat in Sydney, the Celtic boss was asked if he could excuse his squad’s performance after the long journey and time difference between the two countries.
As ever, Ange Postecoglou produced a class response to the Aussie media, showing no sympathy for his players after their display.
He said [FTBL]: “I’m not a violin player, mate. We get on with it. (The players) probably are tired, but so what? The game was today, not tomorrow. We were nowhere near it today.
“We set expectations and levels, and if we fall below that, then it’s disappointing, irrespective of the circumstances or what the environment or the competition is.”
Ange Postecoglou left disappointed with defeat and will want to see improvements vs Everton.
Going into today’s game in Sydney, the former Socceroos boss was hoping to see his side put on a show as he returned back to his homeland.
However, that certainly wasnt the case, with his Celtic side putting in a slack display, which led to defeat against Sydney FC.
Although there were spells of good play from the Bhoys, particularly in the second half, we weren’t at our free-flowing best, which has been on display domestically this campaign.
After today’s disappointment, you can guarantee that Postecoglou will be looking to see his side show improvements going into Sunday’s game against Everton.
The opportunity to go against English Premier League opposition should prove to be a good test, with the extra motivation of bouncing back after today’s result.
Here’s hoping the players can get settled into the Australian timezone in time for the Hoops’ final match down under against Frank Lampard’s side.
Either way, we already know that the Celtic manager will be looking for a much better performance after a lacklustre display against the team from the A-League.