Decorated as a player, City’s McCarthy is keen to make a success of coaching too. Last season he narrowly missed out when City lost to SuperSport United in the final. He did admit, however, that City would have to be at their best to beat Sundowns.
Benni McCarthy is determined to win his first major prize as a coach but to have a shot at it, Cape Town City have to get past Mamelodi Sundowns in the semi-finals of the MTN8. The first leg will be played at the Cape Town Stadium tomorrow (3pm).
“It’s a difficult one,” he said. “Sundowns have a massive squad – they can pick two or three different squads at any time and still be competitive. I’m not even preparing for the players they sent out on Wednesday (0-0 PSL draw with Highlands Park); they will come with fresher legs. So we won’t prepare for any of their personnel because we know that they always play the same system and come with the same tactical approach.
“They love to play attacking football, they love to control the tempo, and dictate the pace of the game. If we can keep them at bay and frustrate them, then we will have a chance.