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Sat Apr 19 08:54:53 SAST 2014

Arrows coach Ertugral wary of Pirates threat

TEAMtalk Media | 09 August, 2012 09:040 Comments
Absa Premiership: Golden Arrows v Bidvest Wits
Muhsin Ertugral
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Golden Arrows begin the PSL season with a trip to two-time defending champions Orlando Pirates on Friday, and Muhsin Ertugral concedes his side are in for a big test.

Abafana Bes'thende have gone through a wholesale makeover during the pre-season, with coach Ertugral shipping out no fewer than 13 players.

In rebuilding his squad Ertugral has brought in 10 new faces, including four foreigners and six local players, giving the Turk confidence that his new-look team will be able to cope with the pressures of the Premiership.

However, the Lamontville boss has been keeping a keen eye on Pirates in the build-up to this weekend's opener, and he concedes Augusto Palacios' men have looked sharp so far.

"I had a look at Pirates in the pre-season and in the MTN8. They are very good team who will again challenge for the league," Ertugral told Football411.

The Arrows coach says he has been impressed with the speed at which Pirates play when going forward, but the tactician feels that could leave a few holes at the back for his side to exploit.

"They do everything with pace, but when you play with pace your mistake ratio becomes high so maybe that is something we can capitalise on," he added.

"They have good wingers like (Sifiso) Myeni and (Daine) Klate and (Andile) Jali is great in the middle. They have players of a high level and of course Benni (McCarthy) who is in a different level."

One thing the 53-year-old could not stress enough to his players is maintaining their concentration against the Sea Robbers, who have shown over and over their ability to pounce when teams least expect it.

He said: "They have players who will attack us all the time, but it is important for us to keep focused."

"We will also go at them I am confident of that. We are working on a new defensive structure so we will be able to deal with teams much better than last season."

"We are building, watch this team, they may surprise you," he concluded.

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