Carlo Cudicini says the players want to finish our tour of South Africa in ‘the proper way’ – by beating Orlando Pirates in the final of the Vodacom Challenge on Saturday.
We face the reigning South African champions at the famous Ellis Park in Johannesburg after they beat rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto dery on Thurdsday night. Saturday’s kick-off is 2pm UK time.
After a defeat to Chiefs in our first match and a 1-1 draw against the Pirates on Tuesday night, Carlo says the lads are determined to triumph on Saturday.
“We’ve had two difficult games so far,” said the Italian goalkeeper. “We managed to draw the last one against Pirates but we’ve played two very good teams who both play good football.
“Now we have the final on Saturday and everyone here wants to finish the tour in the proper way, so we’ll be aiming for the win before we travel home.
“No-one should forget that we’re here to train and if you win, of course that’s better, but the main reason is to train and to prepare for the season to come.
“We’ve trained hard, most of the days have been doubles (sessions), we’ve played two matches and now we finish with the final on Saturday, which everyone wants to win.
“Overall, it’s been a great nine days so far, we’ve all worked hard and hopefully we’ll see the results over the next few weeks.”