"People will miss it"; The class Kyogo Celtic moment rightly highlighted by Postecoglou today
Ange Postecoglou has highlighted Celtic star Kyogo Furuhashi, and a key moment that’s the work of the team as a whole.
Deep into the second half against St Johnstone, Kyogo put pressure on Saints keeper Zander Clark. His rushed clearance led to a loss of possession, from which James Forrest would eventually take advantage.
It’s the kind of impetus that Ange has tried to bring to Celtic. When he spoke in the now-famous training video about keeping it up for 90 minutes, it’s moments like that which are what he wanted.
Asked about it by Ryan McGinlay, a friend of ours at 67 Hail Hail, Ange Postecoglou gave a detailed response. He said that in general, people miss these moments but they’re fundamental to his approach [Celtic FC]:
“People [will] miss it because they talk about the way we play our football. And how aggressive, attacking we are. But when I talk about concentration and focus that’s the things I’m talking about.
“We keep doing the things that maybe go unnoticed consistently so that we’re constantly putting the opposition under pressure.
“That goal [against St Johnstone] came about because… whatever time it was, Kyogo was still pressing the goalkeeper. We’re still squeezing up as a team. It may not have for worked the previous six times, but the seventh time we’re there.
“Tomorrow, that’s going to be a big part of it. We’ve got to do those little things, be disciplined about how we do them for the whole 90 minutes. Not shy away from them because maybe things haven’t gone well. It’s a key component of the team we want to be.
“We’re showing elements of consistency but we’ve got a way to go.”
Ange approach exemplified by key Celtic signing, Kyogo Furuhashi
Firstly, what a question. Fan media killing it, as per.
Secondly, we don’t really talk about Kyogo as a leader for Celtic. Especially on Saturday night, though, he absolutely was. It’s his job to lead the aggressive press from the front. If the opposition keeper has the ball, Kyogo is the composer to the orchestra behind him.
It’s his example that everyone else will look at in those moments. Players will think if he’s pressing, we could win the ball back. If we do get it back, where should I be?
That’s absolutely vital. And while Kyogo is undoubtedly a shy, coy type off the pitch, his leadership on it is crucial. Ange Postecoglou, when he signed him for Celtic, will have been focused squarely on that as his best attribute.
Pressing from the front is so crucial to what Ange Postecoglou wants to do with this team. Naturally, we’re going to miss it sometimes; you can’t see everything on a pitch at once. However, Kyogo is making a difference for Celtic not just with his goals, but his tenacity in trying to win the ball back.
It’s another fascinating answer from Celtic manager Postecoglou. We’ve got a real tactician and forward thinker in our dugout.
How he uses his approach tomorrow night, and how Bayer Leverkusen respond to a more unified Celtic outfit, will be must-watch stuff.