Ange Postecoglou urges Celtic to keep their distance in the next Champions League clash

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou urged his players to show more resilience and perseverance in the continuation of their Champions League campaign against Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Scottish champions created a number of good chances against holders Real Madrid last week but ended in a 3-0 defeat.

Carlo Ancelotti admitted his Real side “suffered” in the first half but Postecoglou seemed more frustrated than encouraged after the performance.

The Hoops now meet a 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 our football for a period of time,” Postecoglou said. “I see no reason why we couldn’t have done this longer.

“In relation to who we played against, I understand that you are playing against one of the best teams in the world at the moment, maybe the best.

“And to be able to keep up with them by playing our football was encouraging, but I saw no reason why that couldn’t continue beyond this time.

“Looking back, the disappointing thing was that after conceding a goal, we quickly conceded another goal. That was not necessary.”

Postecoglou, without the injured Carl Starfelt and the ailing James McCarthy, added: “If we had stayed in the game there was always a chance to come back and just because you give them, an incredible side, you would have we should just get back to it and keep playing our football. In the end we lose 0:3.

“As encouraging as it was, to me we could have been more competitive in this game for longer. But that’s the level we’re at.

“We want to keep up at this level, you have to do that. At this level, 60 minutes will never be enough. You need to make sure you watch the game and are resilient when you need it.

Shakhtar coach Igor Jovicevic hinted his side would like to let Celtic have the ball and hit them on the break, but Postecoglou didn’t want to get caught up in position battles ahead of the game.

“It’s a Champions League game, we know it’s going to be tough,” he said. “Each opponent will present us with different challenges and whatever is out there, we have to be ready to face it.

“Whatever their coach says, whatever I say, we’ll see how the game develops. We will be prepared for anything that happens.”

The game gives exiled Ukrainians a chance to see their team on the European stage amidst the ever-changing situation with the war against Russia in their home country.

Before the game, “Stop the War” is shown on big screens, but Postecoglou was keen to focus on football.

“I understand the context of the question but ultimately it is a Champions League football match and our responsibility and the responsibility of every club is to represent ourselves and the people we represent in the best possible way and to make sure we are prepared for that , which hopefully will be a really good football game,” he said.

It is unclear whether there will be a tribute to the Queen before the match. The Tottenham players observed a minute’s silence ahead of their Champions League game with Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday in Portugal, but the situation in Warsaw is likely to be resolved only after UEFA and both clubs meet on Wednesday morning.

Postecoglou promised to comply with whatever is expected of him.

“Look, I’ve been very fortunate in that I’ve traveled the world in my role and one thing I’ve learned is to respect everyone’s culture,” said the former Australia head coach.

“I’ve learned to respect people’s culture and to honor all the commitments that I have personally and the club and that’s what we’re going to do (on Wednesday).” Ange Postecoglou urges Celtic to keep their distance in the next Champions League clash

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