New Celtic forward Jota clearly likes the way Ange Postecoglou thinks about football.
Following two impressive displays after a late-window signing, the Benfica loanee has beamed about what the Celtic manager wants from his players.
Since the season began, Celtic have been creating chances at will, exhausting opposition and scoring goals for fun. Comprehensive wins against Dundee, St Mirren and Ross County, as well as a close-fought battle against Betis have shown the way Ange likes to go about the game.
Fortunately, the players seem to be absolutely loving it, too. Particularly Portuguese winger Jota, who has already said he’ll play anywhere the boss wants him to.
Ahead of tomorrow’s difficult trip to Livingston, the young winger said [Herald]:
“If we don’t believe in ourselves nobody else is going to believe.
“I think we have to stick with our process and just do our thing, believe in the ideas of our coach and our club and stay true to ourselves.
“Unfortunately we didn’t get the result we wanted [against Real Betis], but I think the attitude is there. We just have to keep on doing our things, keep on track and just believing in the process.
“I think the next games will be better. It’s not the result we wanted but let’s look to the other ones.
“I think [the display against Betis] shows we have personality, because Betis are a big team and we went face-to-face with them.
“That was a good moment from us.
“I think we have to face every single game like that and score more goals and I think we will learn from this.”
Jota just the latest to embrace attacking ideology of Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou
Since then, Kyogo has said he hated playing against Postecoglou in Japan. Scott Robertson, on loan at Crewe Alexandra, has also praised the manager. Perhaps most importantly, Callum McGregor is a big fan, and has shared the ambitions stated by Postecoglou.
On the surface, it might stand to reason that attacking players would enjoy playing for a manager who loves to go at teams and create opportunities.
But, obviously, it’s not just the forwards who love it.
There’s a general excitement about working for Postecoglou. He seems to be getting the best out of his charges, keeping them happy and motivated despite a couple of difficult results thus far.
That bodes well for the future. Hopefully, Jota has a role to play in it.