Kaizer Chiefs news: Middendorp rejects suggestions of a form slump_1

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp is not worried over his side’s form, despite battling their way to victory in their most recent outings.

Amakhosi have claimed victory in their last two matches, but the manner in which they have achieved the results is a far cry from how they rolled sides over during the first half of the season. 

Kaizer Chiefs not losing steam in title charge

In their last three outings, they have managed to score a goal apiece for their two wins and a draw – all against sides they would have been expected to dominate, given earlier form.

However, the German mentor believes there is no reason to panic.

“I think we are doing well. Of course, I think there’s always a possibility to improve. What must I say? I think you know the numbers,” said Middendorp.
“Q-1, Q-2, which position we had from the start [of the season] until now. I think it’s a team with confidence and one with good management quality.
“I’ve said it before that sometimes you must be able to manage a game and there’s another team that recently won the league with 1-0 victories 12 times.
“Let’s be very clear, and that’s a quality of a team that you probably [see] being able to perform, and that will come.”Ernst Middendorp

All part of the game 

Chiefs’ last game was a Nedbank Cup fixture against first-division outfit Royal Eagles, who kept them goalless for 70 minutes before Lebogang Manyama scored what would be the only goal of the match.

Middendorp was not all too flustered with how they went about grinding the result against the minnows.

“We played against Royal Eagles, do you think – and I hope – teams will come here and play with two or three strikers, forward running, overlapping fullbacks and so on? No, no, no,” he said.
“It will be similar [to the approach of sitting back in a defensive block], and then you have to be very clear structured and that’s what we’re working on, which is very crucial compared to last season where we were always running into 1-0 defeats or 1-1 draws.
“This was one of the targets in our goal-setting, to really say do it properly; do what’s requested adequately, and these types of games will probably bring the outcome at the end of the season.”Ernst Middendorp

Chiefs next host Maritzburg United in a league match at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 18:00 (SAST).