Absa Premiership

Tinkler confident going into final as underdogs

2016-12-07 18:09
Lebogang Manyama (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler says his team are full of confidence heading into the 2016 Telkom Knockout Cup final this Saturday at the Peter Mokabe Stadium.

The former Orlando Pirates coach said that as a newly-established club, there is no pressure on his team because they are the underdogs against SuperSport United.

Tinkler added that he personally felt no pressure or nervousness heading into the showpiece as it was a great opportunity for his team to make history in lifting the club's first ever piece of silverware.

Stuart Baxter's United definitely has the stronger squad on paper with many options available to him, however momentum is definitely with the Cape-based side as they have gone nine games without tasting defeat.

Tinkler believes that his side would definitely create chances going forward to win the game but would have to shore up their leaky defence.

"That's obviously an area that we need to improve on, we've given away some silly goals from set-pieces for instance and that's an area where SuperSport would look to impose themselves," Tinkler said.

"So that has been an area that we've been working on in training this week to stand a better chance of winning.

"We know how good we are going forward, we know we will create opportunities and that we can score goals so now it's just a case of trying to keep a clean sheet." 

City captain, Leboganag Manyama attributed his side's excellent start to the season to teamwork saying that the entire squad were working for each other.

"I think the one thing that has worked for us is that we work as a team, we work for one another and we compliment each other very well.

"There are no individuals here and everyone is working towards a common goal and I think that it what has helped us," Manyama said.

The final this Saturday will see the top-two sides on the Absa Premiership table go head-to-head with both teams looking to lift the cup and deliver a psychological blow in the title race.

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