Ange Postecoglou's Celtic work appears to be impressing people in Germany

By David Walton

April 19, 2022

Hertha Berlin youth coach Thomas Broich has stated that people in Germany are sitting up and taking notice of Ange Postecoglou as he continues his incredible work at Celtic.

Broich worked with Postecoglou when he was a player at Brisbane Roar. The former German under-21 international was signed by Ange back in 2010 and fell back into love with football after a spell with Borussia Monchengladbach beforehand.

Fast forward to summer 2021 and Postecoglou arrived in Scotland to plenty of snobbery from media pundits who thought success with the former Australian national team coach was impossible. Now, however, with Celtic 6 clear at the top of the Premiership, plenty have changed their tune.

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And Broich, now working as a youth coach with Hertha, has stated that Ange is now being noticed and respected in Germany for his achievements this term.

As quoted by Optus Sport, Broich said: “Yeah, they are actually (noticing Postecoglou in Germany). It was really weird because when he worked in Japan, obviously, he won the league. I think they were 15 points clear of the rest of the pack. And then they played Man City in a friendly, and they had more than 60% of the ball and all that.

“I kept talking about this guy and everybody was like, ‘Yeah, but this is Australia, this is Japan’. And now that he has arrived in Europe, I can actually show them clips using Wyscout and all those tools. And I’m like: ‘This is what he’s doing. This was against Rangers and look at the chances they created. Look at the second goal they scored’. It’s just fantastic football, like build-up play from the keeper, rotations everywhere, the defence, they don’t even know who to follow. They’re getting destabilised like crazy.

“Well, there’s always the skeptical element about it, obviously. It’s not the Premier League yet. But to me, it feels just like he’s edging closer, and closer, and closer. And I just hope that one day he will get the chance to coach in one of the big, big leagues. Personally, I think he will.”

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Ange’s footballing philosophy has been the hallmark of Celtic success

Ange deserves plenty of credit for what he’s managed to do here in such a short space of time. But even if you strip away the success, just how effectively he’s managed to put his stamp on the club alone has been impressive.

To go from the absolute shambles of last season is one thing. Celtic had lost their identity last term and had a squad on the verge of destruction. The main goal this season was always to start rebuilding the team and trying to be as competitive as possible. However, to do that whilst effectively steering us back to the top of the Scottish game? Incredible.

Ange is operating in a part of the world where even the smallest of slip-ups are magnified and turned into a crisis. He’ll have found that out by mid-September. Yet through it all, he’s continued to impose his blueprint without getting carried away.

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Now, we have a side playing impressive football and looking every bit like a title-winning side. Rangers, meanwhile, have been left in our wake this season. All over the place and struggling to comprehend how Ange has managed to just about overthrow them.

That his style of football and the overall job he’s done here is being recognised by foreign footballing communities says a lot about the impact he’s had on the club this season.

Now, here’s hoping he can finish the job and steer us to the title success we certainly deserve.

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