CAPE TOWN - Benni McCarthy has compared Cape Town City to “David” as his team prepares to take on the “Goliath” that is Kaizer Chiefs in an Absa Premiership fixture at the Cape Town Stadium tomorrow afternoon (kick-off 3pm).
In the Biblical tale, the young David slays Goliath the giant in combat - and the story has, in modern times, become symbolic of a challenge in which a smaller opponent comes up against a bigger adversary: in essence, new PSL club City against traditional giants Chiefs, the best supported and most popular football club in the PSL. McCarthy, though, is having none of it. He is confident that City, like David, can overcome.
“Chiefs have always been the biggest team in the country,” said McCarthy. “They may have good moments, they may have bad moments, but they will always have the majority of fans. So we are the ‘Davids’ when we play against Chiefs or Orlando Pirates. But that means that we are the giant slayers - we respect what Chiefs have achieved, and what they have done as a club, but we have 11 hungry warriors ready to go into battle. And, what’s more, if we keep winning games, we can try to turn Chiefs fans into City fans.”
For McCarthy, irrespective of who the opposition is, he doesn’t really change much. He has a coaching and playing philosophy he believes in - and that is what he sticks to. “At training, we always work on our strengths,” he said.
“When I arrived here, I could see that the players were technically very good on the ball. So what I’ve done is try to polish it, to work on it on a daily basis, and to make sure that we focus on the strengths of the team. That is why we are always playing from the back; we stay composed, we stay patient and, in doing so, we believe that, eventually, we will break teams down. It doesn’t matter which team we play, or who the opposition is, we will play the same way.”