Kaizer Chiefs' Tsepo Masilela says the log leaders must keep it tight defensively
Posted: 14 October 2016 Time: 15:00
Kaizer Chiefs left-back Tsepo Masilela feels it is of little significance that they top the standings so early in the title race and says what matters most is maintaining their defensive discipline.
Chiefs, with 10 points from five games, will play as hosts at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday (18h00) against Ajax Cape Town keen to add another win that will likely keep them top – a victory whose foundation Masilela believes should be laid in shutting the back door.
“It is still early days, I mean Sundowns have only played one game. So it is still early days and we are trying to improve as a team. The focus is on us and we are not looking at other teams. For now we are focusing on us and improving, getting better and better,” Masilela says in response to being asked if being top is of any relevance at this stage.
What carries weight, he argues, is continuing to keep it tight at the back like they did prior to the FIFA calendar break when all their three wins came without goals conceded.
“Defensively in the games that we have won we didn’t concede and so if we can continue with that run of clean sheets then… they always say solid defending wins you championships. So defensively if we don’t concede many goals it will give us a strong chance of winning the game because if we score one and don’t concede then that is a win. So I think the concentration defensively is important.
“It (FIFA break) has been okay even though it came at a bad time when we started winning games but then it is a break and we have to try and live with it and deal with it. The game is on Saturday, let us play and see, maybe after the game we can say the break was a blessing for us because we won again or if we lose we say otherwise. The break is something that you have no control over so you cannot be complaining about the FIFA breaks when there are always FIFA breaks.
“The positive from the Macufe game is that we scored four goals. It has been long since we scored four goals, it is always good when you score goals as it boosts the confidence of the strikers and the attacking players. Though it was not a league game it was a fourth win in succession for us and the confidence is growing,” says Masilela.
He expects an aggressive Urban Warriors on the weekend.
“We all know that Ajax always bring their A game when they play against Chiefs, they are very aggressive but we are up to it and looking forward to the game. They have Paulse (Nathan) and along that they have speedy and tricky wingers so we know that with crosses they are very dangerous and so if we can try and manage those we will be okay,” he adds.