Absa Premiership

Tinkler: Chiefs are not predictable

2016-08-26 08:45
Steve Komphela and Eric Tinkler (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Football enthusiasts and analysts are suggesting that Kaizer Chiefs have become predictable under Steve Komphela’s reign.

READ: Komphela 'addicted' to pressure as Chiefs coach

However, Cape Town City FC coach Eric Tinkler does not agree with the tag handed to the Amakhosi mentor and gave insights into his reasoning.

At a press conference held at Cape Town Stadium ahead of their mouth-watering MTN8 quarter-final clash, Tinkler said Chiefs had been playing differently throughout the off-season.

“What I saw against Wits is actually different to what they did in the Carling Black Label and obviously the other friendly games they’ve played so far this season... and in comparison what they’ve done last season,” said Tinkler.

“Steve has made a few changes, this time we saw the fullbacks looking to play inside and the wingers giving the width.

“In the past their system has been entirely different so I wouldn’t call it a predictable (side), look at the amount of players they’ve brought in and got rid of.

“There is quite a lot of changes in the Chiefs squad... they are going through a period of adaptation so we have to be extremely cautious.”

Before taking on the job at City, Tinkler held a post at Orlando Pirates in which he faced Chiefs on many occasions.

However, the former Buccaneers coach does not see this match as an opportunity to get one over his old rivals.

“We treat every game, irrespective of who we play, as an important fixture for us to win and I have reiterated this to the players that starting off the season with a cup like the MTN8... you got four games to win your first title that’s all it is, and it is very important that you go out there with a positive mentality,” Tinkler concluded.

Kick-off is at 20:00 on Friday, August 26.

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