Middendorp warns: It could get messy

Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has called for more professionalism as he feels there is still plenty of room for improvement from his team.

Chiefs have enjoyed a great start to the 2019/20 season, winning seven of their opening nine competitive matches so far, including their most recent Telkom Knockout Last 16 victory over Cape Town City at the weekend.

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Prior to that, Amakhosi also put on quite the display in the Shell Helix Ultra Cup friendly win over Mamelodi Sundowns, before succumbing to Bloemfontein Celtic in the Macufe Cup.

Throughout it all, however, Middendorp has maintained his cool and has since explained what matters most to him at this stage of the campaign.

“In particular from my side, you never see me running with the [Shell Helix] cup through the stadium, celebrating or whatever; you’ve never seen me disappointed or showing whatever [emotion] when we’re not getting the result, I take things quite balanced,” said Middendorp.

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“At the moment it’s about the progress and about the performance, and, I will repeat it, we still have minutes and periods in a game where we have to do better. We have to be more professional, showing really a performance where you can say you dominate over the entire game.

“There’s still a lot of work to do. I think it’s not depending on the Telkom cup or on the PSL [Absa Premiership] or Macufe Cup or Shell Helix Cup, it’s just games we have to play and in each of these, with a team like Kaizer Chiefs – even playing against Moroka Swallows on the training ground here, you have to win and be successful.

“If not, you are definitely in a messy situation – that’s the mentality and attitude we try to pump into the mindset of each and everybody part of this team and brand, in particular since we started the pre-season on June 25.”

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