Grobler: Form does matter in finals


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SuperSport would have taken plenty of confidence from their recent 4-0 thrashing of Black Leopards heading into Saturday’s crunch clash with City at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The reigning MTN8 champions quickly rebounded from a 3-1 defeat to Orlando Pirates in their previous clash, and Grobler believes the mood has been brightened thanks to their massacre of Lidoda Duvha.

“It would be easy for me to say, ‘No, it’s a once-off game’, which it is and on the day any team can win, but 100 percent I think form does help,” said Grobler.

“The mood in our camp is as high as I’ve seen it for a long time, so in terms of confidence and the mood results do play a part.

“On the day we’ve still got to go out and put out a really good performance against a really good team, with a lot of pace and a coach that has players enjoying themselves.

“Even though their results haven’t been the greatest recently, they are still a good team. Anybody who does underestimate them will suffer, I think.”

The Citizens on the other hand have yet to win a game since beating Mamelodi Sundowns in their semi-final first leg over a month ago, while they also suffered a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Kaizer Chiefs two weeks ago.

However, Grobler is wary of underestimating the quality of Benni McCarthy’s outfit, and understands that often a scoreline doesn’t reflect a team’s performances or true form.

“When you look at their 4-1 result [against Chiefs] and our 3-1 loss to Pirates, I don’t think the results are as bad as it looks,” he added.

“Sometimes teams chase a game towards the last 10 minutes, when you’re losing 2-1, and the [opposition] team gets two goals on the break-away, which happened to us against Pirates.

“So, I don’t think you can look too much into the results. Looking at Cape Town City, they’ve got a highly motivated team and judging them off their recent results is at your own peril.”