Menzo ready for set-piece onslaught in Atteridgeville

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Ajax Cape Town head coach Stanley Menzo has warned his troops of the qualities SuperSport United boast, with the two teams set to lock horns in an Absa Premiership clash at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Urban Warriors conceded a set-piece goal against Kaizer Chiefs last time out; Daniel Cardoso nodding home a George Maluleka free-kick as the Amakhosi held the Urban Warriors to a 1-1 draw in Athlone.

Stuart Baxter’s men currently occupy top spot on the log standings and Menzo expects another difficult game – with Matsatsantsa also posing a massive threat come set-piece time.

“They are a strong opponent and we have to challenge, also an opponent with great qualities; their transition is quality, well organized, set-pieces….” said Menzo.

“These are some points we have to take care of against a good team, but we know that and we have to play against them. We have to find a way to challenge them and get a result.

Menzo, though, does believe it is easy to analyze the way SuperSport play as they are very structured and tactically disciplined. But, this doesn’t make it easy to play against them, with the side from the South African capital extremely dangerous in attack, while resolute in defence.

“It’s easy to see how SuperSport play,” Menzo added.

“They like to play between the lines, they are organised, they have very special qualities like their transitional play and their strength at set-pieces.

Menzo continued: “We will have to find a way to compete and get a result. We conceded a goal from a set-piece in the previous game to Chiefs and that is an area where SuperSport are strong.

“This week, we spoke about it, my training sessions have focused on defending at set-pieces and it is an area where we need to improve.

“We also know about SuperSport’s transitions – and here it’s important that, when we lose the ball, that we react quickly. We have to pressure them, get back behind the ball and don’t give them the time and space to counter,” the former Dutch international goalkeeper concluded.

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