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Benni McCarthy feels calmer despite more stress at Cape Town City

Benni McCarthy says that even though things are even more stressful for him as Cape Town City coach in his second season, he still feels calmer than he did in his first year in charge.

After taking over from Eric Tinkler in June of 2017, The former Bafana Bafana star led City to an impressive fifth place in the league in his debut season.

Now in his second year in charge, McCarthy can already boast an MTN8 title, while City currently find themselves fourth in the table.

And even though he feels more settled in the role, McCarthy says he has even more stress this season because expectations are higher.

“It’s more stressful this year, as now I’m looking for perfection,” McCarthy told KickOff.com. “Now the honeymoon period and the learning period is over, and now I want to see my philosophy being moulded and my players doing what we learnt last year together. So now I want to see them gelling and getting those combination plays and pattern plays we do in training and that, and I want to see the players executing things perfectly and with control, their first and second touch and movement off the ball."

McCarthy certainly is not one to hide his feelings in the dugout but feels he has calmed down a lot in his second season in charge, and is pleased he hasn't had any fines or suspensions to deal with this time around.

“I’m much calmer on the bench,” he said. “Last season I was a nervous wreck because obviously it was my first time, so the passion was there, and I felt like I was part of the boys on the pitch. And if blatant decisions didn’t go our way, I used to get into trouble, but this season I’m much calmer as the team is also starting to play better, and we have a better understanding of each other. There’s a togetherness and we’ve gelled more, so I don’t have to be as erratic as I was last season.

"So yeah – I haven’t been fined or suspended yet, so I’m much calmer. And I’m staying away from the referees,” he smiled.