Benni McCarthy unfazed by Sundowns' fine form

Benni McCarthy unfazed by Sundowns' fine form
Benni McCarthy (head coach) of Cape Town City

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Dec 19, 2017. 10:30

Ahead of their final Absa Premiership match in 2017, Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy says they must take their opportunities.

The Citizens are fresh from a 1-0 win over AmaZulu and will want to stun hosts Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday night away in Tshwane.

However, the Brazilians are enjoying a fine form of six wins and a draw in their last seven games, and the encounter will be a thriller.

“It’s a good challenge against Sundowns,” said McCarthy.

“When you play against teams like (Kaizer) Chiefs, (Orlando) Pirates or Sundowns, then the players don’t need any motivation.

"It’s our last game before the Christmas break and 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.”

Sundowns lead the log table with 28 points from 13 games, whilst City sits at number five with 21 points.

The match will be staged at Loftus Versfeld on Tuesday, kick-off 19:30 (CAT).

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