Celtic star Kyogo: I didn't like playing Postecoglou's Yokohama F Marinos

By Euan Davidson

August 31, 2021

Celtic star Kyogo Furuhashi admits he didn’t like playing against Ange Postecoglou and his Yokohama F Marinos side.

Reflecting on his European move, having gained a stellar reputation from a career spent in Japan, Kyogo made the admission to Football Channel, a Japanese football media website.

With Kyogo called up for the Japan team to face Oman and China, Japanese journalists have been keen to interview the Celtic striker. And the former Vissel Kobe man, who came up against Postecoglou when he was Yokohama F Marinos manager, had some interesting quotes for the huddled press.

He said [Football Channel]:

“[Postecoglou] is a [manager] I don’t like when I was in Japan, I [didn’t] like playing soccer [against Yokohama F Marinos].

“I couldn’t say when I was in Kobe, but I [thought], “Play this kind of soccer. I think it would be a lot of fun if I did that”.

“I’m very happy to be able to go to the team with that manager.”

Describing what he enjoys now he’s working with Postecoglou at Celtic, Kyogo said:

“It’s often said [by Postecoglou] that if you can do that kind of [hard work in defence] for the team, you’ll have a chance to score a goal, so it’s important to switch [from defence to attack].”

Kyogo loving life under former nemesis Postecoglou at Celtic

It’s little wonder Postecoglou was so keen to bring Kyogo to Celtic. In many ways, he underpins everything that the Greek-Aussie boss wants from a player.

He has relentless energy, he runs up and down the pitch freely, and he has excellent end product. So far, we’ve seen Postecoglou direct his side to move into attack with dynamism, and it’s no surprise Kyogo is happy where he is.

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For Postecoglou, it must be a relief to have in his team, and not the opposition’s. With Vissel Kobe, Kyogo was undefeated against his now manager, scoring 4 times [Transfermarkt].

Back in the international picture, scoring for fun and keen to continually impress his new boss, Kyogo is loving life at Celtic Park. And it’s reciprocated. Sellers of Japanese flags are doing a roaring trade around Kerrydale Street on match-days, after all.

While today’s transfer deadline may bring some frustration for Celtic fans, it’s worth remembering the business we did earlier. Chief amongst the signings of this summer sits Kyogo Furuhashi.

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