The new Ajax Cape Town coach believes that his side has the capability to avoid relegation and is targeting a win against Kaizer Chiefs on Wednesday nightAjax Cape Town meet Kaizer Chiefs on Wednesday night in a top versus bottom PSL clash, with three points vital for both sides' ambitions at the end of the season.
Muhsin's Ertrugral's controversial return to the Urban Warriors led to Jan Verselijen's resignation and the new coach's paperwork is yet to be confirmed before his side faces Chiefs.
But this has not deterred Ertrugral's mind games, which were evident during an Ajax Cape Town press conference on Monday afternoon where the coach stated that Kaizer Chiefs have weaknesses which he feels can be exposed.
"We can beat Chiefs for sure and if we do so I think we'll be out of danger," the former AmaKhosi coach said.
"Chiefs have established themselves this season and are very organised in possession and particularly dangerous on the transition. They don't lose the ball that easily in midfield, which allows their wingback to push up.
"You could see from the middle of the season they were going to be the team to beat, but I've felt in the last weeks they've begun to feel the pressure. I know from my time there what that pressure is like.
Ertrugral believes that Ajax Cape Town need only four points form their last three games to survive the drop and is targeting what he describes as Chiefs "handicap" in order to defeat the league leaders in Cape Town.
"The handicap for Chiefs is that every team in the league wants to beat them and every team plays well against them. For the 15 other PSL clubs it is the game of the year for them," Ertugral continued."Chiefs have been playing with a good formula but not much emotion. If they are relaxed they can really dominate but if they feel the pressure they could falter. Ajax has always been a hoodoo team for Chiefs."
Whether Ertugral's mind games can derail the Amakhosi's title charge remains to be seen. The Urban Warriors coach will be desperate for a win in order to calm the relegation nerves in his camp, but he could not face a tougher opponent in the form of his former side - a confident and powerful Kaizer Chiefs.