ANGE POSTECOGLOU plays a style of football which means players need to be on the move for the whole match.

Often, players sprint towards their opponents to apply the high press. However, as rewarding a brand of football this is, it can take its toll on the players.

Many players have pulled up with injuries throughout this season, mainly to their hamstrings. Off the top of my head, Jota, Kyogo, Turnbull, Ajeti, Johnston, and Rogic have all suffered similar injuries, and this is on top of other injuries.

CelticByNumbers has created a graph that shows, since Ronny Deila’s first season in Glasgow, this has been the second-worst campaign in terms of the average number of players ineligible per match.

Rodgers’ season in 18/19 saw 6.63 players missing a match. Compared to this season, the number is still high at 5.75, but it was over 6 at the start of the campaign. For most other seasons, the number has been no higher than 5.

Of course, as the players adapt to Postecoglou’s style, injuries will go down. Liverpool had the same problem when Klopp arrived in Merseyside, but the numbers naturally decreased over time.

Also, many players missed a pre-season with Ange. This means that not all of the players were up to full fitness under the manager, which could’ve impacted their injury.

Ange had made comments in the past as players adapt to his system, the more durable they usually become. We expect next season to have a lower number if ineligible players


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