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Celtic set for UEFA Champions League visit of Real Madrid, Ange Postecoglou comments, Carlo Ancelotti

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou’s “strong” coaching style has been praised by Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Former Socceroos boss Postcoglou faces the biggest challenge of his career at the club when Celtic host Ancelotti’s giants in Champions League Group F on Wednesday morning (AEST).

Postcoglow’s perfect start to the Scottish Premiership season included a 4-0 thumping of Rangers at the weekend. The Hoops have vowed to continue to play their attacking brand of football and not be embarrassed by the might of the 14-time European club champions.

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“If we’re not successful, if we’re not fair, but because it’s a good team, let’s go down swinging instead of moving someone,” Postecoglou said. Sunday Post.

“What a great opportunity to play our football. Our fans want us to take the game to Real Madrid, and see where it takes us. Let’s have a crack anyway.

“Maybe if I was German, Dutch or Spanish, people would look at me tactically as a manager.

“Obviously, I have a simple approach, ‘Plan A’, but we’re going to stick with it.

Celtic's Liel Abada scored in their 4-0 win over Rangers at the weekend.  Photo: Ian MacNicol / Getty Images
Celtic’s Liel Abada scored in their 4-0 win over Rangers at the weekend. Photo: Ian MacNicol / Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Ancelotti, who is highly respected and recognized, is an admirable plan.

“They play very aggressively,” Ancelotti said.

“They have made a good start to the season, there is a good atmosphere in their stadium.

“We had the most difficult game in the first half of the season. We will face a team that plays good football and we have to be ready.

“Why do you want to be at this football club,” Postecoglou said of the chance to play Celtic against Real Madrid.

“You want to be part of these big occasions and big nights, and it’s another big challenge for us,” the former Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory coach said.

“You want to measure and test yourself against the best and that’s what we do. They are the best and we check them out ourselves.

Celtic midfielder David Turnbull told The Scottish Sun that Postcoglou has instilled a lot of confidence in the Hoops squad.

Turnbull said of Postecoglou: “From day one, he’s come into us the way he wants to play and he’s not going to change it for anybody.

“I don’t think we will change. We will go into the game (against Real Madrid) full of confidence and try to play our game.

Whether it works or not, we’re going to keep playing this way, and hopefully, it works.

If we get through the group (to reach the knockout stages) it will be a huge achievement.

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