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Ange Postecoglou calls on Celtic to cover the distance in another Champions League clash

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou challenged his players to show more resilience and sustaining strength while continuing the Champions League campaign against Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Scottish champions created many good chances against Real Madrid last week but ended up losing 3-0.

Carlo Ancelotti admitted that his Real team “suffered” in the first half, but Postecoglou seemed more frustrated than he was encouraged after the show.

The Hoops will now face the Ukrainian side in Warsaw, who shocked RB Leipzig with a 4-1 win in Germany last week.

“I was a bit frustrated and disappointed because it’s not just about playing football for a while,” said Postecoglou. “I don’t see any reason why we couldn’t do this any longer.

“In terms of who we were playing against, I understand that you are currently playing against one of the best teams in the world, perhaps the best.

“And for us, being able to catch up with them by playing our football was encouraging, but I saw no reason why it shouldn’t take longer than time.

“Looking back, it was disappointing that when we gave up, we quickly gave up again. There was no such need.

Postecoglou, who will be without injured Carl Starfelt and sick James McCarthy, added: “If we had suspended the game, there was always a chance to recreate and just because you were giving them an unbelievable team, we should have just come back to him and played our ball. foot. In the end we lose 3-0.

“While it was encouraging, for me, we could have been more competitive for a long time in this game. But these are the levels we are at.

“We want to compete at this level, that’s what you have to do. At this level, 60 minutes is never enough. You have to make sure you can see the game and be resilient when you have to.

Shakhtar’s boss, Igor Jovicevic, suggested his team would be happy to let Celtic take the ball and hit him on a counter-attack, but Postecoglou refused to fight for positions ahead of the game.

“This is a Champions League game, we know it will be tough,” he said. “Each opposition will give us different challenges, and whatever there is, we must be ready to face it.

“Whatever their coach says, whatever I say, we’ll see how the game unfolds. We will be ready for whatever happens. “

The match will give the exiled Ukrainians a chance to see their team compete on the European stage in the ever-changing situation related to the war with Russia in their homeland.

Stop the War will be released on the big screens before the game, but Postecoglou wanted to focus on football.

“I understand the context of the question, but ultimately this is a Champions League football match and it is our responsibility and duty to each club to represent ourselves and the people we represent in the best way and to make sure we are prepared for what will hopefully be real. good soccer game, he said.

It is unclear whether or not the queen will be paid tribute before the game. Tottenham players kept a minute’s silence before the Champions League match against Sporting Lisbon in Portugal on Tuesday, but the situation in Warsaw is likely to clear up only after the UEFA and the two clubs’ match on Wednesday morning.

Postecoglou has promised to follow everything that is expected of him.

“Look, I was lucky to have traveled the world in my role and learned to respect everyone’s culture,” said the former Australia coach.

“I’ve learned to respect people’s culture and stick to whatever commitments I have personally and what the club has, and that’s what we’re going to do (Wednesday).”


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