As you may be aware, Celtic take on Real Betis in the Europa League this evening, and there’s plenty of excitement about it in Spain.
Betis being back on the European stage is a big thing for them, and a big club like Celtic coming to town for the opening game is equally exciting.
Naturally, the game has had a lot of coverage from the local media, including how some Celtic fans have already been seen around Betis’ stadium despite them being banned from the game.
Well, the coverage has also spread to commenting on Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou, and it’s not all glowing from Diario de Sevilla.
The newspaper label the coach a ‘philosopher’ of possession-based football in their coverage today, saying those ideas are ‘already being questioned’ by some in Scotland.
Celtic, according to them, have made a ‘poor start’ to life under their new boss with just nine points to their name and two defeats already.
Beyond the numbers, they say Postecoglou’s style ‘doesn’t quite fit’ in at his new club, not that this is convincing him to change.
Quite the contrary, he ‘does not intend’ to give up his ‘philosophy’ any time soon.
They liken him to former Betis and Barcelona coach Quique Setién, another man who was married to his style of play and refused to deviate from it. Whether that’s a compliment or insult, we’ll let you decide, although we’re sure it’s meant as a negative in this piece.
As far as the newspaper is concerned, the style of player means Celtic have ‘excessive risk’ in their play, something that they ‘often pay dearly’ for, which was seen in the recent defeat to Rangers.
All in all, it seems the Spanish aren’t too impressed by Postecoglou or his style, which like Setién’s, is yet to yield any tangible rewards.