Ange Postecoglou has reiterated that he expects robust performances from his Celtic staff for a whole 90 minutes within the UEFA Champions League, somewhat than remoted intervals of the video games.
Celtic regarded glorious for a spell in opposition to Actual Madrid in final week’s 3-0 defeat, however light after half-time and didn’t reply notably nicely to the opening objective.
Postecoglou wasn’t a contented man in his post-match press convention and, in his first media look since then, has come out with related feedback in regards to the efficiency.
Talking in Poland forward of tomorrow’s Shakhtar Donetsk take a look at, Postecoglou mentioned [STV]: “I used to be a bit pissed off and dissatisfied as a result of it’s not nearly enjoying our soccer for a sure period of time. I don’t see any cause why we couldn’t have achieved that for longer.
“Within the context of who we had been enjoying in opposition to, I perceive that you’re enjoying in opposition to among the best groups on this planet for the time being, possibly one of the best. And for us to have the ability to match them by enjoying our soccer was encouraging, however I didn’t see any cause why that couldn’t proceed past the time it did.
“Wanting again, the disappointing factor was, once we conceded, we conceded once more rapidly. There was no have to. If we had hung within the sport there’s at all times the prospect to create once more and simply since you concede to them, an unbelievable staff, we must always have simply received again to it and stored enjoying our soccer. In the long run we lose 3-0.
“As encouraging because it was, for me, we may have been extra aggressive for longer in that sport. However that’s the degrees we’re at. We need to compete at this stage, that’s what you’ve received to do. At this stage 60 minutes isn’t going to be sufficient. It’s a must to ensure you see the sport out and be resilient when it’s essential to.”
Some could take into account Postecoglou’s evaluation slightly harsh. It definitely goes in opposition to the grain of the optimism followers felt within the wake of such a heavy defeat – a rarity for many supporters.
Nonetheless, these are precisely the form of requirements we have to meet if the staff are going to do something in Group F. Postecoglou is solely setting the bar for his gamers to achieve. It’s what I need to hear.
It’s clearly not simple. Postecoglou isn’t essentially criticising the gamers. Nor ought to followers. It’s a staff effort. It’s a collective push in the direction of a mentality that makes Celtic a power all through a complete match.
If we see it tomorrow, the Bhoys can be laborious to beat.
In different information, “They give the impression of being convincing”; Shakhtar boss Igor Jovicevic delivers verdict on ‘aggressive’ Celtic.
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