Tinkler wary of in-form Chiefs' firepower


Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler admits to being wary of the threat in-form Kaizer Chiefs pose in attack ahead of Saturday's DStv Premiership clash. 

Cape Town City will be looking to end a three-match winless streak this weekend when they do battle against an in-form Kaizer Chiefs outfit at the FNB Stadium.

The Amakhosi have enjoyed a good run of form in recent weeks and currently occupy the second position in the league table following their victory over Swallows FC on Sunday.

Chiefs have won three of their last four matches in the league and the Soweto giants' form has caught the eye of City boss Tinkler, who admits that he is wary of the goal threat posed by this weekend's opponents. 

"We are starting to prepare now for the game against Kaizer Chiefs, an in-form Kaizer Chiefs who have had some positive results of late," Tinkler said on Thursday. 

"For a game against them, as a coach, I don't really need to motivate my players. My players should already be motivated knowing that they're playing against such a high profile club as Kaizer Chiefs.

"We come off the disappointment of the draw against TS Galaxy. Normally people would be happy with a draw away from home, but we are not. It was a disappointment for me and for the team as well not to have collected maximum points. 

"I see that [reaction] as a positive. I see that as us being hungry, wanting to achieve and win things and that needs to remain.

"We need to go to Chiefs organised, structurally. I was disappointed how we conceded the goals against TS Galaxy so that's an area we need to improve on again.

"We've managed to keep clean sheets against the best team in the league, in Mamelodi Sundowns, and consistency becomes key, especially when you go into a game against Kaizer Chiefs.

"Upfront they have a lot of firepower in [Khama] Billiat, [Keagan] Dolly, Bernard Parker, [Lebo] Manyama and other players who can score goals.

"So, defensively we need to be very well structured and organised, but we need to go there and play with no fear, play with a lot of belief in ourselves. 

"We are a team that likes to play attractive football and we would like to continue doing that, but sometimes we have to play ugly football in order to obtain maximum points.

"I think that's going to be the lesson for the players to understand the importance of us improving defensively and not leaking the amount of goals that we have been leaking, and staying consistent in terms of what we do."

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