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Tinkler – We Need To Go Out There & Be Brave

Cape Town City head coach Eric Tinkler says his team need to be brave in their MTN8 semi-final second leg against Swallows on Wednesday.

The first leg ended goalless in Cape town, and Tinkler says that keeping a clean sheet home has given them a slight advantage, and if they can get an an away goal against Swallows, it will make things difficult for their opponents.

The two teams met as recently as Friday at the Dobsonville, when they played to another goalless draw in the DStv Premiership.

“We’ve played Swallows twice now and unfortunately both those games ended in nil-nil draws,” Tinkler said in the pre-match press conference.

“And they were extremely tough matches. But, you only get one opportunity at this, come Wednesday and the one slight advantage that we may have is the fact that we can go there knowing that we kept the clean sheet at home, and that if we can get an away goal, things turn a lot more difficult for Swallows.

“So we need to go there and and be brave, so I think that’s important. But from the game that we played them on Friday, tough opposition, tough team to to break down so we’re going to have to be really at our best come Wednesday.”

When asked by iDiski Times whether Swallows will be different with Simo Dladla in charge, Tinkler says he already noted changes on Friday.

“I think there are going to be slight changes tactically,” Tinkler replied.

“Under Brakkies they were slightly different in terms of their setup, in their build up play, fullbacks like to go play inside, that didn’t really happen, Langerman came in and he makes a difference, he’s not someone who’s comfortable going to play inside, he’s somebody who likes to play wide and get on the overlap.

“Ja, in terms of the wingers, they played with more out and out wingers and they looking to put balls into the box, with crosses, there was a lot more interchanging under Brakkies, so there’s been slight changes.

“Although we thought they might come out playing a more 4231 formation, or 4141, but they seem, for this last game, they stuck to the 433.

“But as he said in his statement at the end of the game, that he only had a couple of days to work with them, but he would have hoped that he could make certain more changes leading up to Wednesday night’s game, so I do see certain changes being made.”

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