SuperSport United's Stuart Baxter unsurprised by form of Telkom Knockout final rivals Cape Town City
Posted: 9 December 2016 Time: 14:16
SuperSport United coach Stuart Baxter is unsurprised by Cape Town City's exploits and says past results won't matter when they meet in the Telkom Knockout decider on Saturday.
SuperSport are unbeaten in 14 games in all competitions, and disposed of Ajax Cape Town, last year's winners Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates en-route to the final at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
City, however, are also riding a nine-match unbeaten run under Eric Tinkler and are three points clear of United at the Absa Premiership summit, having only been launched in the off-season after John Comitis bought the topflight status of Mpumalanga Black Aces.
"No, I don’t think so. I understand your point but I think any results in the past can help your confidence and your belief but they can’t actually help you on the day," says Baxter, who could emulate Downs boss Pitso Mosimane by winning all domestic trophies on offer with a victory in Polokwane.
"We need to take what we can get from our path to the final. We need to know that Cape Town City will be a very, very difficult opponent and they are probably the team in the country at the moment that is surprising everybody. I’m not surprised.
"It is the team [Aces] that finished fourth in the league and they have got a new coach and he’s organised them well. They are kicking on from where they were last year so it’s a bit of a logical progression. You shouldn’t think they are flying temporarily. They are where they are and they deserved that so we are preparing for a very tough game."
Baxter naturally expects there to be nerves on match-day.
"It’s inspiring and it’s motivating. I’m guessing there will be lot of anxious on the day and that is what cup finals are all about and it’s winner takes all."