Pep Guardiola makes superb claim about Ange Postecoglou's Celtic

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Ange Postecoglou did a fantastic job at Celtic over his two seasons at Parkhead. When he arrived at the club, he was a bit of an unknown in Europe, even though he had been very successful in Japan and Australia. A lot of fans were unsure about what to expect from the Australian manager and many wrote him off before he even stepped foot in Glasgow.

It did not take too long for Postecoglou to prove the doubters wrong. Over his two seasons as Celtic manager, he won five trophies.

Perhaps most impressive about that is the circumstances in which he arrived at Celtic. The club had finished trophyless in the 2020/21 campaign and 25 points behind the Rangers in the league. Key players like Scott Brown, Odsonne Edouard, Kris Ajer and Ryan Christie left that summer as well and Postecoglou had to rebuild the squad pretty much from scratch.

Most people expected him to take a year or two to even get Celtic back to competing again. Instead, they won the Premiership and League Cup double that very season and a treble after that. That kind of success saw Postecoglou being appointed as the Tottenham Hotspur manager in the summer.

Pep Guardiola makes superb claim about Ange's Celtic

Postecoglou has proven himself as one of the top managers in the game since joining Tottenham Hotspur. He looked well on his way to making an unlikely title challenge before two of the club's most important players in James Maddison and Micky van de Ven got injured.

Tottenham Hotspur will be coming up against Guardiola's Manchester City this weekend. And the Spanish manager has openly talked about his admiration for Postecoglou before the match.

As reported by the Daily Record, Guardiola said:

"What he has done in the past in Japan and of course in Glasgow with Celtic and now Spurs, I think he makes football a better place, people like Ange."

It looks like Guardiola had been following Celtic while Postecoglou was manager of the club. The Manchester City manager added:

"Three or four pre-seasons ago we played Yokohama and he was manager, we watched some clips before the games. I said 'wow' there are things I like about it. I said to the players, we have to be ready, we're going to face a good team.

"We won because we had better players, but this is the first time I met him and since then I have followed him, how good he did in Glasgow with Celtic, winning trebles. In a short time and now look, it's there."

It will be interesting to see how Tottenham Hotspur do against Manchester City. Postecoglou's side are on a bad run of form at the moment but it is their chance to get things back on track.