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Truter – They Will Try To Disrupt Our Build Up

Ahead of their MTN8 semi-final first leg clash on Sunday, Swallows head coach Brandon Truter says Eric Tinkler has brought a little steel to Cape Town City.

The two teams meet in the last four, after Swallows ousted Orlando Pirates, while City beat AmaZulu.

Truter, who spent many years coaching in Cape Town, knows Athlone Stadium well, and he is looking forward to playing there.

But he says City have a lot more bit with Tinkler in charge, and they will need to manage their tactics well to get a result.

“Ja, it’s nice to go back to to Athlone stadium,” Truter said at the pre-match press conference.

“Some good memories there as well, and not so good as well with previous employers but having said that and coming back to the game as well, Rob, coach Tinkler has brought about a bit of steel, a bit of bite in the team, that’s his character, that’s the way he played as well.

“So ja, you could see it in the first game against AmaZulu, the 50-50’s Cape Town City were very dominant, so the steel, the bite in midfield, the way the coach, his personality is, that’s much more in evident with coach Tinkler, they have now so ja, a bit of steel, but we can still see the patterns the build up play from the previous coach or from Cape Town City, that’s their philosophy and their playing structure.

“Mobara, Fielies, they have a new keeper as well who did exceptionally well in the previous games that we watched.

“So as much as they have a new keeper, but their build up patterns, their playing style, what coach Eric has added is the bite, is the 50-50 tackles, it’s the is the aggression in the team, and that augurs well with a high pressing team, especially at home, so they will try to disrupt our build up.

“They will try to press us high. It’s how we manage it. And that’s where the tactics comes in.”