Following their high-profile MTN8 semi-final first-leg victory over Mamelodi Sundowns in front of their boisterous home fans at Cape Town Stadium, City must now gear up for an arduous midweek league clash away in Bethlehem to take on Free State Stars, a game McCarthy admits he is far from relishing.
“Unfortunately we have to do that ugly travel,” he said. “It’s not a pleasant one for us. We have to fly to Johannesburg and then go on that windy road for five hours on bus to get to Bethlehem. That’s probably the main reason why not many Cape teams go to the Free State and get a result.
“But we don’t have a choice, it is what it is.”
McCarthy admits motivating his charges for the Free State clash sandwiched between the two MTN8 semi-final fixtures won’t be easy, but says his players will need to adapt as they pursue their “daily bread”.
“That’s why these guys get paid the big money – we have to be chameleons, to be able to adapt to change,” he said. “Now coming off this high, we have to treat Stars like another cup final. The three points on offer is our daily bread. We don’t want to lose track of the teams in front like Bloemfontein Celtic and Wits, and the other high-fliers, so three points would be ideal. I know it won’t be easy.
“But I’ll try freshen up the team and make some changes, but not too many changes, though, because I don’t want to disrupt the continuity that we have at the moment.”
Kick-off at Goble Park is set for 19h30 this evening.