Cape Town All Stars coach Boebie Solomans spoke exclusively to CapeTownFootball about his game-plan to dismantle Milano United
Cape Town All Stars overcame a two-goal deficit to claim an astonishing 3-2 win over Milano United at the Athlone Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The much anticipated Cape derby had a thrilling finish when former Milano attacker Houston Hills sunk his previous employers with a goal during injury time.
“I think Milano played very well. They beat us with their fast players up front and our defense didn’t cope very well with that, so admired them at the start of the game,” Solomons told CapeTownFootball.
“They really outplayed us in that first 15-minutes of the game, they were pushing high up, putting us under pressure, so I think the coach (Theo Hempe) did his job very well.
“But then slowly, after they scored the two goals, I thought now we have to go forward more and we went forward with inter-passing, not with long balls which means we have numbers going forward.
“About 15-minutes towards the end of the first half I saw they were showing cracks at the back, and we got behind them a few times. We were unlucky not to score another one before halftime,” he added.
The former Santos mentor acknowledged that The Kinnes were tough opposition, yet, his side had more determination and fighting spirit to secure them maximum points.
It was a tough game, I think Milano played very well, it’s just that we had so much determination and fighting spirit in us, it was hard to keep us back. Every time we picked up the ball from their attacks, we launched quick counter attacks,” Solomons told CapeTownFootball.
“We knew they were going to play with force upfront, so we wanted to go past the front four which leaves them with only six at the back, and then exploit the spaces on the sides of the two center-midfielders because their wingers didn’t track back.
“Nasief (Morris), Shane (Poggenpoel) and Ricardo (Skippers) has got experience but they don’t have the speed. We thought we got to beat them with the speed of the ball. The ball had to travel faster than them, and if we made runs behind them then they were going to battle, and we managed to do just that.
“At halftime we gave them (CT All Stars players) a helluva tongue-lashing because in derbies you have to fight for the ball, but we were pushy-footing around with the one-on-ones and didn’t get stuck in.
“Milano won most of those one-on-ones, they were stronger on the ball, and in the air they won most of the balls. We told them that if we want to win this game then we have to increase our fighting spirit and determination,” he added.
Igugu Lekapa are now in fourth position on the NFD table with 44-points, level with third positioned Thanda Royal Zulu FC. The All Stars mentor believes his side has improved tremendously and will finish the season on a high note.
“So far we’ve shown good signs of improving you know, disappointments here and there, but we are showing signs of improvement in the second half of the season. I think we are finishing the season strong, and I think because you are finishing the season off strong, I think we should have a go at that play-off spot,” he concluded.