AmaZulu head coach, Romain Folz has hit out at his players, claiming that not even Pep Guardiola can coach them, because of their poor technical abilities.
Folz did not mince his words when speaking about his players, after suffering a 3-0 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns in the Carling Black Label Cup on Saturday at FNB Stadium.
The Durban-based outfit could barely string a few positive passes together against Sundowns, and were on the back foot from the first minute of the game until the final whistle.
“I feel like our players are not trying physically. When you face a team good on the ball like Sundowns, who make you move right and left and they keep moving the ball very quickly without holding onto the ball for too long. You end up having to make lot of runs to do off the ball and if you not ready, I can give you best instructions I want, it can come from Pep Guardiola but if the engine is not responding you can’t do anything,” Folz told the media.
“For me that’s the biggest assessment. I knew that because that’s the assessment I had from week one. I knew that coming to face against teams that move the ball well, we’ll struggle for sure. That’s why I said our biggest challenge in the team is going to build everyone physically during the break,” added Folz.
Folz was roped in by AmaZulu to replace the discarded Brandon Truter, who was fired after the club’s turbulent start to the new season. Truter has since landed a new coaching job, after being appointed at Sekhukhune United last week.
The 32-old mentor took over the hot seat at Usuthu, with a record of having not registered even a single victory at his previous club Marumo Gallants. The France-born tactician has played 14 games in all competitions since the start of the 2022/23 DStv Premiership campaign, and only registered one victory, drawing 10 times and losing in three occasions.