Ange Postecoglou has channelled his inner Jurgen Klopp.
The former Socceroos boss’s name rang around the stadium after he guided Yokohama F Marinos to another victory over the weekend — meaning they’re just one point off the J-League top spot with just three games to go.
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Following the 4-2 win over Consadole Sapporo, Postecoglou’s name was on the Yokohama fans’ lips as he did his best Jurgen Klopp impression by punching the air in celebration while the passionate supporters cheered on.
It goes without saying, Postecoglou has been a revelation since arriving in Japan from Australia.
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After a relatively difficult first season where the club was staring the prospect of relegation square in the face, Postecoglou quickly turned things around to guide Yokohama to a 12th place finish in the league and a place in the final of the J-League Cup.
But while last season started slowly, this term has been an entirely different story with Postecoglou’s side registering 19 wins and scoring 60 goals — the most of any J-League side.
With FC Tokyo on 62 points and Yokohama F Marinos in 61, the climax to this gripping Japanese season is shaping up to go down to the wire.
If Yokohama can defy the odds and clinch the title, Postecoglou will add another accolade to his impressive coaching CV.
While Tony Popovic remains the only Australian manager to clinch silverware on foreign soil (with the Western Sydney Wanderers in the 2014 Asian Champions League), a J-League crown for Postecoglou would surely rival that feat.