The two sides meet at Cape Town Stadium in what is set to be an entertaining Absa Premiership tie, with the visitors desperate for their first win of the season while City look to get their domestic campaign back on track following just one win in their opening four games.
Despite reaching the MTN8 final, midfielder Putsche knows his side need to up their game in the league, and feels the FIFA international break interrupted his side’s momentum somewhat following their last fixture two weeks ago, when they secured a cup final berth after a penalty shootout victory over Mamelodi Sundowns.
“I don’t think we’ve performed as we should have in the league,” the Austrian tells KickOff.com.
“We’ve done well in the MTN8, but only have five points so far in the league, so we have to pick up our game. For me personally, I don’t like these breaks: when things have been going right and you feel good, in top shape and top condition and very fit, you don’t want to have a break and stop playing competitive games. For me it was not ideal, but I think some other players appreciated the time to get fresh again and some free time as well to spend with their families.”
City have a daunting month ahead, with upcoming fixtures against Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits over the next two-and-a-half weeks, with Putsche relishing the prospect while acknowledging the tough task awaiting his team this afternoon.
“These big games are why we play football,” he says. “When you have a proper crowd in the stadium, that’s what makes this game so beautiful. I think on our day we can beat anybody. This is obviously not the Chiefs that we know from the past and their history, but that also makes them dangerous, as they will be putting everything in to raise the bar and get themselves out of this bad period. But it will be a tough one.”
Kick-off is scheduled for 15h00.