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Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt defends teams 'parking the bus'

Posted: 3 February 2018 Time: 12:30

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has leaped to the defence of teams being called out for ‘parking the bus’, and says people can’t dictate how the opposition should play.

The ‘park the bus’ phenomenon is commonly associated with teams who look to play with a more defensive structure and break on counter-attacks.

It first gained prominence when Jose Mourinho called Tottenham Hotspur out after a goalless draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge back in 2004, with the Portuguese manager saying, “As we say in Portugal, they brought the bus and they left it in front of the goal.”

Recently, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has called out a number of PSL teams, including Kaizer Chiefs, over their defensive style of play when facing The Brazilians.

However, Hunt has been left irked by such utterances, and says it is part of the game for teams to create scoring opportunities while also trying to deny the opposition from scoring.

“I heard all that nonsense last week [before Chiefs vs Sundowns]. I mean, you can’t do anything about how any team or your opposition plays,” argued Hunt.

“All this ‘parking’ and nonsense I hear every week. It’s absolute garbage, and people love that stuff.

“But for me, as a football person, you understand that stuff. You can’t get involved with [the way other teams play].

“However a team plays, you need to find ways of creating opportunities and denying them opportunities – that’s football. It doesn’t matter how a team plays.”

The four-time Absa Premiership-winning tactician also refuses to buy into the notion that Amakhosi are a predominantly defensive side, while adding that even when teams do sit back against Wits, he cannot criticise even when they lose.

“Everybody plays generally quite differently, and Chiefs do play differently to most of the teams in the league, which is a fact, in terms of their structure,” added Hunt.

“But, I mean, it doesn’t matter. You’ve still got to break them down and deny them opportunities.

“Believe you me, there’s no ‘parking [the bus]’ and ‘five defenders’, which is what everybody’s talking about. When they [Chiefs] go forward, they go forward with numbers.

“So, like I said, it doesn’t matter how teams play ... You’ll never hear me criticize the opposition.

“Every team that plays us here [at home] comes and sits back in here, but I don’t say anything about it every week, and we either lose or we don’t win.

“So, you can’t criticize what the opposition does. You must sort yourself out.”

The Clever Boys host Chiefs at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday evening, with kick-off set for 18h00.

Article by: Chad Klate
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