Cape Town City are fourth in the PSL after winning four of their five games in 2019.
But coach Benni McCarthy is seeking perfection from his players as they look to finish the season on a high with the Nedbank Cup and a late PSL charge in the MTN8 holders’ sights.
With silverware in the trophy cabinet in his second year in charge, Benni says he and his team must kick on now.
He tells Kickoff: “It’s more stressful this year, as now I’m looking for perfection. I want to see my philosophy being moulded and my players doing what we learnt last year together.
“So now I want to see them gelling and getting those combination plays and pattern plays we do in training and that, and I want to see the players executing things perfectly and with control, their first and second touch and movement off the ball.”
City will have to do that without star man Ayanda Patosi, who left the club on Thursday’s transfer deadline for Iranian giants Esteghlal on a six-month loan deal.
The 26-year-old was in great form for the Citizens this season after struggling in his first term back from Europe, scoring four goals and setting up three more.
But chairman John Comitis says: “You know we can’t bring a player of that calibre and frustrate him.
“Patosi is not 20 anymore. Financially he wants to have the biggest deal he can have, and that was a very lucrative deal for him.”