Petrov backs Celtic fans to be patient in ‘transition period’

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Petrov backs Celtic fans to be patient in ‘transition period’

Former Celtic midfielder Stiliyan Petrov believes Hoops fans are prepared to give manager Ange Postecoglou time in what is a “transition period” for the club.

The Glasgow club currently sit sixth in the Scottish Premiership after a 1-0 defeat to Livingston on Sunday.

The loss was Postecoglou’s sixth away defeat since taking charge of the club in the summer.



have lost each of their three away league games this term, but their terrible form on the road stretches back seven months as they are without an away win in all competitions since Neil Lennon’s time at the club.

The Scottish giants are in a state of disarray the minute, especially with vacancies in the chief executive and chief recruitment roles.

However, Petrov believes the fans will be patient with the Australian manager.

“Everyone is talking about the away form,” he told . “It’s just a transition period they have to go through.

“Ange is finding it very difficult to get his best team out on the pitch, he is finding it very difficult to pick his best players.

“It will take time. It’s a transition I think everyone expected.

“I think fans are quite satisfied with what’s going on on the pitch and it’s just one of those periods they have to go through.

“The way the manager wants Celtic to play, it’s very difficult. There’s a lot of details need to be covered.

“He always stresses how he loves going forward and loves scoring goals but they have got a lot of new players at the back and they need time to gel.

“There’s a lot of work that needs doing on the pitch, he knows, and he is talking about it. He is quite calm and he knows the process will take time.”

Unfortunately for Postecoglou, patience is not something Celtic fans are keen on giving managers.

It is very much an instant success culture in Glasgow, likewise with their arch-rivals .

“I think everyone understands, especially the fans, that the club is going through a change, a transition, that needs time, needs patience,” he said when told time is not a luxury afforded to managers at Parkhead.

“I know you stressed there is no time if you don’t win but I think the Celtic fans are quite prepared to give this manager time and at the end of the season they will analyse it.”

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Andy Townsend has compared “very special” Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel to Blues legend Jose Mourinho.

Tuchel joined the Stamford Bridge club in January, winning the Champions League and guiding them from ninth in the Premier League to fourth last term.

They have started the 2021/22 season in fine form, most recently .



struggled in the opening 45 minutes, but Tuchel introduced N’Golo Kante at half-time with the game goalless, flipping the game on its head.

And Townsend – a former Blue – has likened Tuchel’s impact to that of ex-Chelsea boss Mourinho.

“There’s a lot to admire about the way that Thomas Tuchel works,” .

“I was just thinking as I came to the studio, when Jose first arrived at Chelsea, he kind of shook the world.

“He grabbed them by the scruff of the neck and hauled them up, got them rubbing shoulders with the best and taking Fergie on when he’s in his pomp.

“Come January, if he’s got Chelsea where they are today – top of the pile – with a Champions League under his belt, he also is doing something very very special.

“I know he’s inherited some tremendous players, but a of them – Rudiger – he was on his way out and the boxes were officially coming out of the loft.

“With Azpi [Cesar Azpilicueta], it looked like had wrestled that shirt off him.

“Marcos Alonso is so transformed at the moment he’s one of their best attacking players!”

Chelsea have already beaten Arsenal and Spurs away from home, and picked up a draw at Anfield against Liverpool – despite playing the second 45 with ten men.

Next up in the Premier League for the west Londoners is at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Saturday’s encounter is the biggest match of the domestic season so far for either club and could have a big effect on what promises to be an extremely tight title race.

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