Christopher Jullien can't speak highly enough of Ange Postecoglou's Celtic training methods

By David Walton

February 21, 2022

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien has been left amazed with Ange Postecoglou’s training demands and what he’s asking of his centre-backs.

Jullien has recently returned from a 14-month injury layoff in which he required knee surgery. In recent weeks, he’s been on Postecoglou’s bench and was given his long-awaited return to action in a cameo against Raith Rovers last Sunday.

It’s been a totally new way of working for Jullien from what he’s been used to in the past too. When he first picked up his injury, Neil Lennon was in charge and the squad had a totally different look and feel to it. Now, we’re in the more positive Postecoglou period and many aspects of our football has had to undergo major change.

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This has included the way in which the centre-backs have had to operate with more emphasis in playing out from the back under pressure. And Jullien has been left deeply impressed despite only recently getting back involved after his injury woes.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Celtic TV, the Frenchman said: “It’s amazing, seriously. Even when I wasn’t in the team and I was watching the videos that they were doing, all of the work that they were doing, the work he was demanding from his central defenders – it was amazing.

“I was kind of in admiration of that. It’s a new way, it’s a new way for me of working and I’m just so happy about it. I’ve been to multiple clubs and had multiple trainers, and to have that new visibility and new way of working is amazing.

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“To have any advice every day from him or the staff is really good. I just can’t wait to help the team as much as I can.”

Christopher Jullien should feel right at home working under Ange Postecoglou

Yes everything will be new for Jullien these days. It’s not just a case of having a new manager in the door either. It’s a totally new playing staff and a totally new environment for him. There will still be some familiar places, but make no mistake, this isn’t the same dressing room he will remember.

Fortunately, Jullien should be extremely comfortable working under Ange and in how he likes his centre-backs to play. If there’s one thing the former Toulouse man doesn’t like doing, it’s just hoofting the ball up the pitch. He likes having the ball at his feet and is one of our more competent defenders when it comes to defensive distribution.

He’ll prove to be a valuable cog for Ange in the long term. Granted, it’ll be interesting to see when on earth the manager decides to bring him back into the side.

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The truth is that there’s no real obvious solution when it comes to getting Chris back into the starting XI. At the moment, Ange simply cannot drop either Cameron Carter-Vickers or Carl Starfelt. The first defensive mistake we have after that will see both Jullien and the manager easily targeted.

It’s very much a case of not fixing what isn’t broken at the moment. Which is positive, because that’s exactly the way it should be. That’s not to say Jullien won’t get opportunities under Ange. He still has a big part to play this season, and as soon as there’s an injury, he’ll be instantly called upon.

And the truth is it’s probably a positive that he’s given some more time to get used to Ange’s training methods. Hopefully, it’s something he takes to well and shows it on the pitch when his chance comes around.

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