PEDRO CAIXINHA has a positive outlook on tomorrow’s Scottish cup semi-final – insisting he is bothered only by what Rangers can achieve by winning as opposed to stopping Celtic’s unbeaten domestic record.
The Parkhead club could go one step away from winning a treble of trophies by defeating the Light Blues tomorrow – but Caixinha isn’t interested in that, instead claiming giving his own side the chance to win silverware is what matters to him.
He explained: “I’m not worried with that, and I’m not sure they are so obsessed with that either. Everybody is talking about stopping the treble – I don’t care about that.
“I am just focussed on my team, and by the end of Sunday’s match we need to have one team that is going to win it. We are preparing to be the team that does it, even if it’s 90 minutes or 120 or on penalties. That is what we are focussing on.”
Caixinha also insists his preparation for the match will not alter from the manner in which he readied any other match in his tenure so far.
He added: “It is important for you to live the occasion in the first person, and I am not feeling that different. These days are not too different to how I prepared the last match against Partick.
“My life is to arrive here early in the morning, prepare the training sessions and make my analysis, and make my analysis after the training sessions and prepare the next training sessions and so on.
“When I get back to the city, I pick up the family, we enjoy a nice dinner and that is it. That is the way I live on a daily basis, and my days haven’t changed because we are preparing this match, or because it is a semi-final or because it is an Old Firm. With all due respect, we have prepared it the same way whilst knowing what this match represents.
“We have been working on it since Tuesday. We have discussed it many times – we see the game by moments. Since Tuesday, we have been working on those moments in order to behave in them in Sunday’s match.
“We are always looking to moments – how we will defend and how we will make the transition to attack, and how we will attack and make the transition to defending. Basically, knowing what we want from the game as a team and the information we have from analysing the opponent – that is what it is all about and it’s the same situation.
“It’s always the same how we prepare the matches, and this isn’t going to be different, other than defining the game as 90 minutes, 120 minutes or penalties. That is the only difference. Plus, it’s an Old Firm match – besides that, everything is the same with regards to the preparation.”