Kaizer Chiefs without a fixture for two weeks, but far from idle
Coach Ernst Middendorp turns his attention to rapid transition from defence to attack
Cape Town — Kaizer Chiefs spent last week working mainly on defence after conceding twice in their opening game of the season against Highlands Park. A subsequent clean sheet against Black Leopards in Durban delighted coach Ernst Middendorp.
Now he says the next fortnight he will concentrate on working on switching defence into attack a lot quicker as he looks to get the side more mobile when on the front foot.
Chiefs are without an official fixture over the next two weeks after their failure to qualify for the MTN8. It can be seen as a blessing in disguise for Middendorp‚ who says there will be some hard work on the attacking aspects of the game.
“Overloading the flanks‚ going through the centre‚ stretching the opponent. These are all things that we are going to work on now. We will not stop working on our defence but the main priority is the transition from defence into attack‚” he said after the weekend trip to Durban kept up the club’s 100% start to the season.
Middendorp said the defence had been outstanding in the 1-0 win over Black Leopards at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night. “But we could have done better upfront if we were more clinical and calmer in the forward movement. I can deal with it because we got the three points.”
Those points added to the tally collected on the opening weekend of the season when Amakhosi came from 2-1 down to snatch a 3-2 win away over Highlands Park at Tembisa.
Their next match is at home on August 24 against SuperSport United at Soccer City‚ after which they are away to Cape Town City on August 27.