Cape Town - Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy
believes the 2-0 defeat to Kaizer Chiefs in Sunday's Nedbank Cup
quarter-final was a result of crumbling under pressure.
The Citizens were defeated at a sold-out Mbombela Stadium courtesy of goals from Hendrick Ekstein and Dumisani Zuma.
The result means Chiefs advance to the semi-finals where they will
face Chippa United, who saw off Bidvest Wits. In the second semi, Golden
Arrows are set to face TS Galaxy.
Speaking to reporters after the game, McCarthy said: "The Chiefs fans
came in numbers to support their team and their players delivered.
"I just think we crumbled under pressure from the packed stadium and
everyone rooting for one team, so you are playing against 12 men literally and it got the better of our players and I think too many
players we not on their A-game.
"We expected a lot from them but it was a tough one for us because it was a big
opportunity, but Chiefs made their luck and they made us to probably
play the way we did and fortunately they are in the next round.
'I like to be on top, but we started okay it was not that bad. You
could see the intentions from Chiefs it was clear and what I was
expecting from the players we didn't do it, I think the occasion was too
"We started playing into Chiefs hand when the build ups didn't work
then you start seeing players do things they are not supposed to do, and
we lose that cohesion and team effort and we started chasing.
"We were not ourselves, we could not build up from the back and it
was not because of Chiefs high pressing game, the occasion beat us."