"Go at them"; Celtic boss Postecoglou not dropping intensity for Leverkusen
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou intends to attack Bayer Leverkusen from the first whistle tomorrow night.
Against a “quality opposition” in Bayer Leverkusen, the Bhoys manager seems in no mood to retreat or change his tactics. Aiming to repeat the intensity of performances against Betis, and in the Premiership, Postecoglou wants to test his team’s football against some of the best in Europe.
Bayer Leverkusen are certainly in that bracket. They’ve got off to a hot start in the Bundesliga, sitting second at the time of writing. But Andreas Hinkel believes that Celtic can cause problems for Die Werkself.
Asked whether he was expecting more from his players, the Celtic manager said [Celtic FC/YouTube]:
“No, not more. Just the same sort of intent. We want to play these games and really test ourselves.
“Obviously you want to get a positive result and play well, but I think for us, the most important thing is to test our football, and test us, as a group, against the very best in Europe.
“It’s certainly going to be that on Thursday night. They’re a quality opponent, and we’ll go out there with the same intention that we did against Betis away; go at them, try and be aggressive and attacking.
“With the crowd behind us, hopefully we can create something special.”
Celtic boss Postecoglou remains focused on his style regardless of Bayer Leverkusen threats
There’s something to be admired about Ange’s steadfastness here. He’s not going to adapt for the opposition. Rather, he wants opposition to adapt to us.
That’s commendable, really. Whether it yields results is another question. In a sense, the Europa League is kind of a free hit this year, with domestic competition being the real focus for Celtic supporters.
However, when domestic results aren’t particularly great, as they are now, it’s natural to question the wisdom of such an attacking approach.
But we knew (to some degree) what we were getting with Postecoglou, this is to be expected.
His will to “create something special” is obvious. He’s trying to get results, and if there are lessons learned from a strange night in Seville, then all the better.