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Ertugral Explains How He Outsmarted Pirates

Muhsin Ertugral Explains How He Outsmarted Pirates

By Soccer Laduma - Jan 31, 2018 10:18 PM

Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral praised his players for their efforts after their 3-0 win over Orlando Pirates, and also explains how he outsmarted the Buccaneers.

Read: Zakri Brace Hands Ajax Victory Over Pirates

The Urban Warriors boosted their survival hopes with an impressive 3-0 win over the Soweto giants on Tuesday night.

“I am lost for words. My boys produced a marvellous fight tonight against Pirates,” Ertugral told SuperSport after the game.

“We knew we would have these difficulties of them pushing forward. It is not about having the ball, it is about being organised. It is about where and how we close the zones, and we knew we would have those punctures [counter-attacks] and we were waiting for that.

“The boys had an exceptional game.

“It was all about getting behind the defensive lines. I knew my boys could do it.

“The win gives us the confidence and the momentum going forward.”

The Ajax coach also showed his tactical awareness early on in the match when he substituted Tashreeq Morris on the half hour mark, and it made all the difference in the end according to him

“It was very clear that if we had stayed with the two midfielders Pirates would overrun us because they have a certain pattern that would have sucked us out and left us vulnerable at the back. So we needed to have three midfielders. It was a little bit early, but in the end the boys stood firm,” explained Ertugral.


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chiefs is useless Joined: 11 Jul 2016
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chiefs is useless Feb 01, 2018 10:16 AM
What plan ? Ertugral brought the entire gautrain but no body is complaining..
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Bubbles Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Bubbles Feb 01, 2018 09:42 AM
Got to love Mushin iyoo he is building a great team. Just to strengthen his middle field then the team is ready to compete. Peterson, Mdabuka, Zakri, Ndor, Saaman re tlo bona bolo moo
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Bhekanieee Feb 01, 2018 09:37 AM
No ajax will relegated with the players they have
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EagleEye Feb 01, 2018 09:13 AM
Pirates were beaten by a more determined, hungry, focused and disciplined Ajax team that had the Mushin factor. Where Ajax is they did not have to play entertaining football but gun for points on offer, no matter how they got them. They outsmarted Pirates and embarrassed them. More is to come out this Ajax team.
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lmbuyeleni Feb 01, 2018 06:25 AM
Outsmart Pirates no Park the Bus finish and klaar
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TUMI-555 Jan 31, 2018 10:40 PM
unlike rats players who put in a cloth in tbeir ears when muhsin gives instructions...
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Dezani33 Jan 31, 2018 10:36 PM
Weve been beaten
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27822533213 Jan 31, 2018 10:31 PM
played 4 nothing free points for pirates
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Pep G junior Jan 31, 2018 10:26 PM
Thats all Muhsin wanted fro. Pirates players.to listen to tactics. Thats why he prefers coaching youngsters coz they listen

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