‘This is not just Kaizer Chiefs’, says Ernst Middendorp

that a lot of teams are struggling with the number of games being played in a short space of time to complete the season.

He also explained that teams like Chiefs are facing a wall of defenders from the so-called ‘smaller-teams’.


He said: “This is not just Kaizer Chiefs.

“It’s Sundowns. It’s Pirates. The blueprint in this bubble is absolutely deep block. Wait for the mistake of defender. That is what happened today again. One in the first half. One in the second.

“Then you get caught. You are zero one. Then you start to play. Then you have to unbreak a deep block of I think you have seen the game. I don’t know. I didn’t count anymore.

“It is not the first time. We have seen it in a number of games in the bubble. And of course, not really having the opportunity to train with the players over a number of weeks.

“The attacking work needed to break down the deep block is difficult. The defensive work is easier. We really tried from the beginning.

“We pushed ourselves right until the end to get the second goal. In the end it’s a 1-1. And of course, it’s a result we didn’t want.

“It’s the same for Sundowns and Pirates. It’s difficult for us to break down these teams. We see this week in and week out.”

The result left Chiefs six points clear of Mamelodi Sundowns but having played a game more.

Amakhosi face-off next against the Brazilians on Thursday.

– TEAMtalk media

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