Roland Putsche has been a dominant force in the midfield for Cape Town City, but who exactly does he draw inspiration from when it comes to his style of play? He reveals all!
The Austrian may have missed the past two games against Polokwane City and Ajax Cape Town for his club, but he is now fit and raring to go ahead of the MTN8 final on Saturday.
Pustche, who used to drive to the Italian city of Udine to watch AC Milan play whenever they were in town, grew up admiring one of the world's most elegant footballers, Andrea Pirlo. However, his style of play varies vastly from the midfield maestro's.
Fan Park editor Rossella Marrai-Ricco caught up with the 26-year-old, and he revealed which player he draws the most inspiration from, and it is a member of Italy's 2006 World Cup-winning squad.
"I was always embracing players who were totally different types of football players than me," Putsche said.
"I think Daniele De Rossi from Italy always inspired me. He was such a hard worker and he had a lot of quality in his passing game. I like honest players.
"You can have a bad day, but you still have to work extra hard and put effort in. He was one of the players who inspired me. Andrea Pirlo was just a genius, but he is definitely not the same type of player like I am. I think the best example is De Rossi."
Putsche will be aiming to add a second domestic trophy to his list of accolades since arriving in South Africa in June 2016.
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