SuperSport United's Eric Tinkler downplays record against Kaizer Chiefs' Steve Komphela following MTN8 win
Posted: 13 August 2017 Time: 10:41
SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler has downplayed his record against Kaizer Chiefs counterpart Steve Komphela, insisting he approaches every game with the same mentality.
SuperSport dumped Amakhosi out of the MTN8 quarter-finals yesterday courtesy of Jeremy Brockie's solitary goal at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
After the match Komphela questioned whether Tinkler has muti againt him, as Chiefs struck the woodwork three times while Tinkler also oversaw Cape Town City's MTN8 elimination of the Glamour Boys at the same stage of the competition last season.
"Obviously as coaches we always want to win every game and Steve is no different to me. Every game you go in to with the mentality that you want to win the game," Tinkler told the media.
"Like Steve said, today did they dominated the game, yes. Did they create the most opportunities, yes. Did they hit the crossbar three times, yes. We had one chance and we scored. That's football.
"Unfortunately that is how we are judged as coaches. You are judged not only on the performances of the team but primarily on the result," said Tinkler, who is unbeaten in four games in all competitions against a Komphela-led Chiefs side.
He continued: "What is important is that I just keep going out with the same belief, with the same faith that I have in myself as the coach, and instil that faith and that belief in the players.
"Life, sometimes, will throw you a lot of curve balls. This game will throw you plenty of curve balls. What is important is how you bounce back. If you continue believing in yourself and the squad that you have I think that is the most important thing and that is what everybody is looking at, that's what the players are looking at.
"They are looking at the positive person in front of them. If you show any weaknesses they'll exploit that, so you can't afford that."
Matsatsantsa will start their 2017/18 Premiership campaign against kings of Africa Mamelodi Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.