This is Yatao – Reo Hatate on De Bruyne, Gündoğan and Modrić

After signing his new contract with Celtic, Reo Hatate recovered from his injury then won Man of the Match against Kilmarnock for his outstanding performance.  Today I will share some of what he said in the following video shot in the off-season and released on YouTube. This video may help you get to know him more.

Q. How do you do physical training?

Reo Hatate: “I always get guidance from Celtic’s physical coach, and I think about physical training menu myself.”

Q. What are players you watch as an example?

Reo Hatate: “I often watch Kevin De Bruyne and İlkay Gündoğan’s play. Both of them have different characteristics, but I’m learning from their play.”

Q. Look back on the match against Real Madrid…

Reo Hatate: “I was very tense, but I had strong desire to enjoy the moment. I thought that what I should do was to do the play I’ve been doing so far on the away pitch, so I’m glad I was able to express my strength on the pitch.”

Q. Which players have you been surprised by among players you have played against so far?

Reo Hatate: “Luka Modrić and Federico Valverde were amazing. I learned that the way to hold the ball and the ability to read the flow are especially the great parts of them. I thought that Modrić is good at holding the ball and the ability to read the flow, and I felt that Valverde is good at using his high physical ability and high skill. These were things that I didn’t know until I actually saw their play on the pitch.”

Reo Hatate and Luka Modric of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Group F match at Celtic Park, Photo Neil Hanna / Sportimage

Q. Among players you’ve ever played together, which player was the easiest for you to play?

Reo Hatate: “Kaoru Mitoma. I played with him in college and in J.League, but he was very good at adjusting to playstyles of other players, so we often communicated with each other and play together well. I think that’s the reason why I feel that playing with him is comfortable. In both the national team and J.League, when I played as LSB or IH, our partnership was always very good. His positioning made it very easy for me to play, and he always sent me pass when I wanted to receive pass. In Japan national team, in the scene that he wants to break through defender with his own technique, we think strategy together about positioning and moving timing so as not to disturb his play. Also, I often tell him about play and positioning I want him to do.”

Q. What kind of training was important among the training you worked on when you were in high school?

Reo Hatate: “I worked hard on dribbling and lifting practice in my three years of high school, but I feel that those practices are the basis of my current performance. In my opinion, if you can develop the technique of handling the ball well when in high school, I think you can play well in any category. The basics of technique are the most important.”

Q. Specifically, how long did you spend practicing those practices in the whole training?

Reo Hatate: “The day’s training in high school was about 2 hours, but it was training using ball all the time. For example, in warming up, dribbling and lifting were included, and there was no warming up without touching the ball. After all, I think the feeling of ball touch is brushed up by training to use the ball all the time.”

Q. Can you give a message from you to the children who are aiming to be professional footballers?

Reo Hatate: “The three years of high school will pass quickly, so I want you to work hard on your daily practice, have high goals, work hard with your teammates and do your best. Good luck.”

 Reo Hatate’s personality is sometimes misunderstood by people, so based on an episode a few years ago, I will also explain it in this article.

At Celtic, his dissatisfied attitude and facial expression can make supporters uneasy, but I want you to remember that he is player who has developed with hungry spirit without being satisfied with his own performance. Hatate has frankly expressed his own feelings in college and in J.League.

This photo shown above was taken immediately after the game won the league title by the team he belongs to, but he said in an interview after the game that it was tears of regret. Even though he was highly evaluated by supporters as key player who has helped the team many times in multiple positions, he shed tears of regret and regret that his own performance could not help the team enough.

Reo Hatate of Celtic FC during the UEFA Champions League match between Feyenoord and Celtic FC at Feyenoord Stadium de Kuip on September 19, 2023 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. ANP Hollandse Hoogte JEROEN PUTMANS

There is no doubt that the reason why he has already become a player who can play in all positions except goalkeeper and centre back at the age of 23 is because he himself has worked hard by converting frustration into energy. So, even if he expresses his feelings honestly, please don’t read it too much and recognise it as his own way of expression.

I’m looking forward to his performance as key player who will bring the title to Celtic this season.


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About Author

I am a Content Creator and Origami art Creator, Analyst working for think tank in Japan and I joined this team in May 2023 and started to write articles as Japanese Celtic author for The Celtic Star. I live in Kobe(Japan) and have followed Celtic after 14 October, 2006, when I had watched the game against Dundee United FC - Shunsuke Nakamura scored a hat-trick. Also I am an enthusiastic supporter of Vissel Kobe, and I am familiar with various information and history of J-League. I have been posting threads on trajectory and background of Celtic Japanese players on Twitter mainly since summer of 2022 in order to further deepen the bond between Celtic and Japan. This time, I'm so proud to be more committed to Celtic by joining The Celtic Star team. I'm good at changing of viewpoints, so please expect my articles written from fresh perspective.

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