Johannesburg – The two-legged semifinal clashes between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates were likely be low-scoring, tactical affairs, said Pirates' influential midfielder Daine Klate on Thursday.
“To a certain degree, people expect a dynamic game, but from a player's perspective you have to play in a certain way,” Klate said, ahead of Saturday's first leg at FNB Stadium.
“Obviously you want an open game, but you don't want to make silly mistakes or technical ones. People want us to go out there and just have a go, but it wont be like that.
“It's going to be a bit like a boxing match. It's two legs, and they don't want us to wrap it up in first leg.”
Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi said his team would have to be at their best to beat a formidable Chiefs' side.
The teams last met less than a month ago in the Carling Black Label Cup where the Amakhosi ran out 1-0 victors.
Pirates, meanwhile, would be buoyed by their recent results in the CAF Champions League but Lekgwathi said he would still be taking a cautious approach to the game.
“Chiefs are on top of their game and, for us, it's going to be big mountain to climb,” he said.
“We lost against them earlier this month, so we just want to redeem ourselves and make our supporters happy.”
Lekgwathi said his team would be weary of a fiercely attacking Chiefs outfit.
“It's never easy to play against them. Lehlohonolo Majoro, Bernard Parker and Knowledge Musona are especially capable of scoring, but the whole team is capable of scoring goals.”
Both sides boasted quality players, and a positive result would be equally difficult for either of them to achieve, he said.
“Whenever we play Chiefs, we want to perform. When people say the derby is boring, it's because both teams are tough.
“It's not easy to break Chiefs down, and it's not easy to break us down.”
Chiefs player Reneilwe Letsholoyane agreed with his opponents and thought the game would not produce too many goals.
“We would love to win by five goals and you want to see more goals scored,” said Letsholoyane.
“Unfortunately, there's a lot more involved in such games and it's about the opportunity to get to next stage.
“As a team, we're going in to win the game, but if its a draw, it's not the end of the world.”
Letsholoyane, however, predicted Chiefs – as the home team – would come away with a positive result.
Despite coming into the clash as favourites, after winning the league and cup double last season, he said Chiefs would not feel any extra pressure and were highly motivated for the clash.
“We are going to win 1-0,” Letsholoyane said.
“Everything has been going well in terms of preparation, and we did what we're supposed to do so we're ready for Saturday.”
“A derby is the biggest game we can play domestically, so we never get tired of playing such games.” – Sapa