Tau: You won't get that in Europe

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Percy Tau has revealed the advice he received from Bafana Bafana legend Benni McCarthy when he made his move to Europe from Mamelodi Sundowns.

Tau, 26, completed his second season abroad and lifted the Jupiler Pro League title Club Brugge, whom he's been linked with for a potential second loan deal from Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion.

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While his first season brought the Proximus Player of the Season award and his second a top-flight title, he admitted the language barrier has been one of his biggest obstacles.

And speaking on a recent Instagram Live for Puma, he revealed that a winners mentality is the only way to succeed when you are alone in foreign territory.

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"If you're there expecting a family, you're not going to get it," Tau said. "You're alone and the people you're around are not going to help you.

"They are not here to babysit you. Everyone is here to either move to the next step, to a bigger club or, if they stay, get a better contract.

"You have to be very confident. If you're too humble you'll lose out. It's a jungle whereby we compete on anything. Even when practicing finishing, we will be competing."

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The 2019 CAF African Player of the Year nominee went on to discuss how competitive one needs to be in order to compete at the side who featured in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League this season.

"If we are doing a 'Tissue Challenge', it's a competition. Anything you do, you're competing and if your confidence dips, they will be on your case every day," Tau explained.

"The first time I spoke to Benni [McCarthy], that was one thing he was critical of. 'Your (low) confidence overseas is not going to help you,' he told me.

"When I spoke to Kermit Erasmus at the national team, he said I shouldn't think about things too much if I'm going to play in the [UEFA] Champions League; I must just score.

"It all boils down to confidence. If you're confident, you win. I sent Lyle Foster the same advice, that he needed to be confident and believe in himself."

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