Dejan Kulusevski has admitted that Ange Postecoglou’s preferred approach to the game is the ‘dream’ scenario for any player, with the Australian wanting his side to play just one way.
Not only is the Swede extremely aggressive on the ball, constantly looking to take his man on, but he also works his socks off out of possession, pressing the opposition incessantly.
If there can be one criticism levelled at the 23-year-old, it is that he does not produce the kind of goal and assist output that a player of his calibre should.
The former Juventus man did get on the scoresheet against Chelsea two weeks ago, celebrating with hands on either side of his face to mimic blinders, and he admitted that he wants to find the back of the net more often.
Kulusevski is loving playing under Ange Postecoglou
When asked about that goal and his celebration, Kulusevski told Fotbollskanalen: “The coach had talked about it a few days before, that we should be like horses and only look ahead. It was just that.
“I like it (getting on the scoresheet). I haven’t had one in a while so now I’m going to try to make some more goals so I can do it more often.”
Postecoglou demonstrated in that loss to Chelsea that he will not compromise on his principles under any circumstances, with his side continuing to press and defend with a high line even when they had ten men.
When asked about the 58-year-old’s high-risk approach, Kulusevski responded: “It’s a dream for a player. We shouldn’t check the result or how much time is left in the match, we should just do what the game idea says. Regardless of whether it’s a home game, an away game or if we’re behind. It’s really nice.”
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After working with Conte for 18 months, with the Italian’s emphasis being on repetition, discipline and avoiding mistakes, it is understandable why the players are over the moon to play for someone like Ange, who gives them the freedom to express themselves and make errors.
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