Benni McCarthy (head coach) of Cape Town City
Sunday Apr 01, 2018. 12:30
Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy says “it doesn’t get any bigger than Sundowns” as they prepare to face the Tshwane giants in the Nedbank Cup today.
The teams will meet at the Cape Town Stadium later this afternoon as they compete for the last place in the semifinals.
City have had a tough path to this stage of the competition, having to overcome league champions Bidvest Wits and an in-form Orlando Pirates in the two previous rounds.
“I wanted the experience of getting an Ubuntu FC, or EC Bees, but unfortunately I got all the big guns,” McCarthy said.
“But it’s not a bad way to learn, better yourself and grow. I think this one will be the toughest of the three – no disrespect to the other two we faced in Wits and Pirates, who are both top-class teams.
“But when you play the CAF Champions League winners and the team that’s leading the way in our league, it’s a difficult challenge, but also a nice motivation factor for the boys – when you play cups, you have to play the best teams.
“If you want to win trophies, you have to play the best, and the best way for us to do it is this way. Hopefully the boys can add to the good work they did against Pirates and hopefully we’ll have the same intensity, quality, spirit and willingness to want to win against the big boys.”
McCarthy added, “It doesn’t get bigger than Sundowns, so it’ll be a very tough opponent for us.
“But I think home advantage always helps, where you don’t have to travel and you can prepare nicely, and are accustomed to the weather.
“We should be ready – players are well-rested and had a nice break, so now it’s back to do what we do best, and that’s playing football. It’s all building up nicely for a good encounter.”