RDS expects ‘blood and bones’

The two sides have met twice already this season: Aces were 1-0 winners in the reverse League fixture in September, before the Urban Warriors exacted revenge in a 3-0 Telkom Knockout Cup victory a week later.

“Aces was our first League defeat this year,” De Sa told reporters. “Away from home in Nelspruit we lost 1-0. We managed to get back at them a couple of days later in a Cup game where we probably gave our best performance of the season – it was a fantastic performance where we dominated from beginning to end.

“So hopefully we can turn it around from our first League game, and keep the momentum from this last game [a 2-1 win over SuperSport United] and get a good result.”

De Sa feels the Cup victory will spur his men on at Cape Town Stadium later this evening.

Yes, I think the fact that we beat them here and were pretty good on the day [helps us],” he said when asked if Ajax have the psychological advantage. “I just hope we can do the same. And with some improvements and new faces, hopefully we’ll be even better.”

Ajax face three teams in the bottom five of the table in their next three fixtures – Mpumalanga Black Aces, Platinum Stars and Free State Stars – and expects a physical encounter against all three clubs, starting with Clack Aces tonight.

“Those are tough games, for sure,” he said. “Those are the games where those teams put everything out there, they leave everything on the grass – blood, bones and meat! It’s unbelievable – but that’s what the game is all about.”

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