Chiefs to attack at Soweto derby

2010-09-22 11:05

Kaizer Chiefs will not sit back and play for a 0-0 draw when they face their traditional enemies Orlando Pirates in what promises to be a sizzling MTN8 semi-final second leg showdown at the FNB Stadium on Sunday. Kick-off is at 3pm.

That was the word from Amakhosi coach Vladimir Vermezovic today, ahead of Sunday’s Soweto Derby.

The Serbian-born coach stressed his team do not have an advantage, despite scoring an away goal in the 1-1 first leg draw.

“I do not think scoring an away goal is an advantage, but we will not try and play for a goalless draw, that is for certain,” said Vermezovic.

“We are going to attack and if we create three chances, I hope to score three goals. One thing I can promise is Chiefs will go out on Sunday and play football – there will be no negative tactics from us.”

A capacity crowd of 90 000 will witness the Soweto Derby but Vermezovic said the match was like any other this season.

Explained the former Yugoslavian international defender: “I treat every game the same. They are all important.

“Our match last weekend against Bloemfontein Celtic was as important as playing Pirates. What is important, is getting to the cup final.”

Vermezovic also played down Pirates’s claims they had spotted a weakness in the Chiefs defence. “I never talk about Pirates and focus on my players.

“The fact they are talking about Chiefs shows me perhaps they are scared. If they spot a weakness then they can tell me about it after the game.

“As far as I am concerned, there is no weakness in our make-up for them to exploit.”

The Amakhosi coach also said he would love to play Pirates every week.

“The players have been buzzing at training. I do not need to lift them for this game, they are already boosted and looking forward to play on Sunday.”

Chiefs star winger Siphiwe Tshabalala, admitted there was pressure and lots of expectation on the players but they were taking it all in their stride.

“There is always pressure in the Soweto Derby. We are not worried about that as we can handle it.”

Tshabalala, who shone for Bafana Bafana during the recent World Cup finals, said he expected Chiefs to rise to the occasion as they did in he first leg when they fought back from 1-0 down to score a credible draw.

“We did well in the first leg by scoring that away goal. That could help us reach the final, but we are determined to play well.

“We do not worry about Pirates but are focusing on our own game.”

His midfield partner, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, said Chiefs would not alter their game plan and would play their our normal game and attack Pirates.

“It is going to be another thriller,” he said.

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