Malesela to stick to his guns

TS Galaxy coach Dan ‘Dance’ Malesela downplays Golden Arrows’ superiority and insists they will not change his usual style of football.

Galaxy, in their maiden year since inception, are about to enter into their very first cup semi-final when they face Arrows in the Nedbank Cup on Saturday afternoon (15h00).

The National First Division outfit has enjoyed an impressive run in the tournament thus far, sweeping aside the likes of Ajax Cape Town, Jomo Cosmos and Cape Umoya United en route the last-four.

Though this will be their first time facing a premier division side in Abafana Bes’thende, Malesela, who has twice before been at this stage of the tournament – formerly with Chippa United and Garankuwa United, is adamant they will be able to handle the pressure.

“You can’t say there’s no pressure, there’s always pressure. You will see with a game sometimes; during the week, training is fine but come matchday then you see there’s panic.

“But because I have experience of being in this situation before, I know how to deal with it. We have [a realistic chance].

“Other teams have been ousted by lower league teams; some have struggled against lower league teams – even past the First Division. It’s how you handle yourself on the day that speaks volumes.”

Known for his firm belief in ‘Tiki-taka’ football, the former Orlando Pirates defender further insisted that he knows no other style of play and therefore will not try to force his charges to change to suit the situation.

“I don’t know how to do that [play on the counter]. I know how to play football; I know that we need to play football as a team, that’s what these players have been trained to do,” he added.

“We do almost the same thing in every match, so the minute we start changing then we’ll be confusing them.

“There are teams in world football that will never change – you cannot say Sundowns changes and they play like this, eventually they get tempted to do something they are used to.

“So, we’ll play the same way we always play. It always comes down to discipline, and match discipline – how you handle yourself and what you need to do in a match, because this is a once-off.

“In a once-off you become a bit cautious, you don’t become careless and your work rate actually increases a little bit so that you can win on the day, and that’s the most important thing.”

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