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think, in the last game away from home against Real Betis, a quality team, we gave a good account of ourselves, we played some great football and dominated parts of the game. We know we have that performance in us and that’s what we need have to do tomorrow night.
And, although his side squandered an early two-goal lead in Spain, Postecoglu vowed to pursue similar tactics against the side sitting second in the Bundesliga and who won their opening Europa League game 2-1 at home to Hungarian champions Ferencvaros.
“To be honest, the only thing I don’t like is the condescending nature of questions that I somehow don’t understand that I don’t understand the magnitude of the football club, that I’m in charge of this rebuild and I don’t understand what the ramifications are if I don’t get things right,” he said.
“Leverkusen are a quality opponent and we’ll go out there with the same intention as we did against Betis away and that’s to go at them and try to be aggressive and attacking. Hopefully, with the crowd behind us, we can create something special.”
Celtic sit sixth in the Scottish Premiership after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Dundee United on Sunday.
However, their manager insisted that “preparations are good” despite “a pretty heavy schedule with a thin squad”.
Top scorer Kyogo Furuhashi, who had scored seven times before picking up an injury on Japan duty and has missed the last five games, Scotland midfielder McGregor, the club captain who has been absent for the latest four, and summer signing Georgios Giakomakis, the former VVV-Venlo striker, have all returned to training.
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Postecoglou says there is zero chance all three will start and does not plan on making many changes to his starting XI, but he expects “at least a couple of them to make an appearance at some point, whether that’s Thursday or Sunday”.
Midfielder James McCarthy has recovered from a knock picked up against United at the weekend, but full-back Josip Juranovic will be missing after sustaining a hamstring injury in Sunday’s draw.