Kaizer Chiefs news: Willard Katsande downplays Dean Furman absence in Telkom Knockout clash
Posted: 2 November 2018 Time: 18:00
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande says the absence of SuperSport United skipper Dean Furman should not come as a distraction because other players might step up.
Amakhosi will be looking to bounce back from their Soweto Derby defeat last weekend when they travel to Durban to face SuperSport in the Telkom Knockout quarterfinals on Sunday (15h30).
Katsande is fully aware that Furman, as well as striker Bradley Grobler, has been ruled out of this weekend’s meeting at the Moses Mabhida Stadium through shoulder and groin injuries respectively.
However, the Zimbabwean international insists that it will have little impact on Matsatsantsa’s approach and they need to remain focussed on neutralising the team as a whole.
“We’re much aware about the certain individuals who are not going to take part in Sunday’s match, but at the same time we don’t need to be more concerned about individuals,” said Katsande.
“We just need to be more worried about SuperSport’s philosophy, we’ve been planning around their philosophy and how they move in the midfield.
“You can remove one individual, but the system stays the same, and also it will be a chance for someone who’s going to get the opportunity to showcase their talent.
“We’ve been working according to their game plan and setup because if you go to Barcelona, the setup stays the same even when Messi is not there,” he added.
“If you worry about an individual, what if the coach decides to put that player on the bench and he’s not injured? So, we need to worry about how to counter-press them and how to execute our game-plan.”