Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has stressed the importance of his side’s remaining four games this year as he looks to guide his club up the league standings.
Despite their MTN8 success earlier this season, the Citizens have not been at their best in the Absa Premiership where they currently lie eighth with just three victories from their 10 matches played.
City’s remaining fixtures for 2018 include trips to Highlands Park and Polokwane City, before hosting Chippa United and Bloemfontein Celtic, and McCarthy knows their upcoming games are vital in their quest to climb up the table.
“We know that this little run of games we’re facing is a big opportunity for us to make that jump, because if we don’t, I don’t think we deserve calling ourselves a top team or a team striving to be up there with the best,” McCarthy says. “If you can’t take care of the business end of the league and the teams we are facing now – not that they’re worse off, but you have to win against teams in and around you – and with the quality of players we have, we should be winning these kind of games comfortably.”
City registered back-to-back league wins in their last two matches for the first time since January, yet McCarthy was still critical of his charges as he seeks further improvement.
“You still have to go out there for 90 minutes and work harder than your opponent,” he says. “We did that in phases in the last game, but not as much as I would have liked to.”
City face Polokwane City in their next clash on Tuesday, and will remain in Johannesburg for their following fixture against the Lions of the North four days later.