Postecoglou praises attackers after excellent Celtic win against Ferencvaros

By Euan Davidson

November 4, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has praised his attacking players after an excellent 3-2 win over Ferencvaros.

The Bhoys’ starting frontline of Kyogo, Abada and Jota each got on the scoresheet. All three times, it was because of excellent defensive work; winning the ball back, passing with confidence and getting it up the park.

That wasn’t lost on the manager, who seemed to defy his critics in his post-match comments. The Celtic boss has been criticised for having his team play out from the back constantly, but it worked to excellent effect on the European stage against Ferencvaros.

After the game, the Celtic boss said [BT Sport]:

“[The attackers] were great tonight. We set a platform for them. We can’t discount the fact that our ability to play out from the back gives them good opportunities rather than just knocking it long.

“They work awfully hard for the team in a defensive sense, and as I’ve always said, they’ll get their rewards.

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“Great for all three to get goals tonight – three quality goals, too.

“The fact that we can get three goals away from home is because we just go at teams. I still think that’s the way forward for us, it’s the kind of team we want to be and the kind of team our supporters want us to be.”

Ange Postecoglou defies the skeptics as Celtic blow Ferencvaros away

It would’ve been the easy choice for a manager to go with public opinion and change their tactics. You see it happen often, around world football. Managers come in to a club with a vision, but circumstances or disapproval dictate a quick change in priorities.

That’s not the case with Ange Postecoglou, and it showed for Celtic against Ferencvaros.

The 3-2 scoreline flattered the Hungarian champions, on a night that Celtic’s attacking play, purpose and confidence was on full display.

Photo by Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images

Kyogo, Abada and Jota worked hard for their opportunities, of course, and were amply rewarded on the score-sheet. A lot of their work, though, comes from what they do out of possession, whether it’s trying to win the ball back, or find pockets of space to exploit in an attacking sense.

It was a full team performance, that’ll be the most satisfying thing for Ange Postecoglou.

But the front three deserve immense credit for their part in a substantial win.

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