Cape Town City will not be holding back.
Benni McCarthy knows exactly how he wants to approach Cape Town City’s final PSL fixture of 2017 when his team takes on log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld tomorrow (kick-off 7.30pm).
With Sundowns in imperious form at the moment – six wins and a draw in their last seven games – they’re setting a brutal pace at the top of the standings. Because of this, McCarthy is not about to just sit back and hope for the best.
“It’s a good challenge against Sundowns,” said the former Bafana Bafana striker after City’s 1-0 win over AmaZulu at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday.
“When you play against teams like Chiefs, Pirates or Sundowns, then the players don’t need any motivation. We are not going to be cautious. We are not going to allow Sundowns to control things and kill us off as they have done to other teams in recent weeks.
“We have to try to go toe-to-toe with them. We have to go for playing football and try not to hold back. If you sit back as a team, you play into Sundowns’ game – you have to do the unexpected and that’s what we will try to do. Most importantly, though, if we want to come away with the three points, then we have to make sure that we take our opportunities.”
City, despite playing some good football and creating lots of scoring chances, are just not killing off the opposition. On Friday, they should have put the game to bed by half-time, but their inability to make full use of their opportunities allowed AmaZulu back in the game – and, in the end, they needed a late goal from Roland Putsche to snatch all three points.
McCarthy has made no secret of the fact that he’s far from happy, especially with the team’s finishing.
“There were a few players who didn’t pitch up and that always makes things difficult,” said the City coach. “There wasn’t a lot of urgency against AmaZulu, and perhaps all the travelling was starting to take its toll on the team.
“Selection will be key because I want to put out a hardworking team to try to match Sundowns’ flair players.”