Cape Town City mentor Jan Riekerink censured exhaustion for his group's midweek DStv Premiership rout against Orlando Pirates.
The 57-year-old Dutch guide's charges were outflanked by the Soweto goliaths, losing the game 2-0 at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday. He said the players were drained and that their energy levels had dropped.
In any case, Riekerink is trusting that they will be more refreshed and prepared to maintain a strategic distance from consecutive alliance massacres in their next class game against SuperSport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Tshwane tomorrow (5pm).
The Tshwane goliaths lost to Bloemfontein Celtic in Mangaung in their past group game.
"We might have effortlessly lost our past match 5-0 and the players couldn't keep up intellectually. We experienced weakness. A great deal of players battled and were drained. We were not in our actual shape," said Riekerink.
The Citizens are among the title competitors however their broken protection is allowing them to down. "We have a ton of assaulting players. Our solidarity lies in assault. We score loads of objectives and play lovely football, however we need to discover the equilibrium and the greatest test is to discover acceptable protectors. We need to straighten out at the back against SuperSport. We can't stand to lose another game," added Riekerink.
SuperSport mentor Kaitano Tembo said they didn't do well in the last third of the field in their past game and he expects an improvement. "Cape Town City are the best group in the country right now regarding design and structure. It will not be a simple game. We need to clean ourselves [off] and center around the following game," said Tembo.
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