Tinkler Hoping For A Good Response Against Sundowns
Cape Town City head coach Eric Tinkler is hoping to see a good response from his team when they host Mamelodi Sundowns in the DStv Premiership this weekend.
City suffered a defeat in their last league game, away against AmaZulu, a result that followed their defeat in a penalty shootout in the MTN8 final against Sundowns.
Tinkler said that was a tough week for the team psychologically, but they have been working on getting the players back into the right mental space, and used the FIFA break to give the players some time off.
“Obviously, we were very disappointed with the performance and the result against AmaZulu,” Tinkler told the club’s media department.
“Ja, we could possibly say it was at the back end of what was a tough week after losing the MTN8.
“Possibly psychologically, the players weren’t in the right space. But I don’t think we can use that as an excuse, our performance against AmaZulu, in my opinion, was simply not good enough.
“So, we’ve explained to the players about the importance of getting back to where we were before, and during that game against Mamelodi Sundowns. The importance of being able to put on such a good performance against Sundowns, and then not managing to do that against AmaZulu, that’s the disappointment.
“So we wanted to see a good response from them, leading into this again, tough game against Sundowns at home. But it’s at home and at home, we need to dictate, we need to be positive, we need to play without fear.
“And we need to get back to winning ways, I think that’s that’s very, very important. And we gave the players a couple of days off, and hopefully everybody has put what was in the past in the past.
“And forget about the MTN8 and move on now, and focus on eight important league matches.”