Ernst refuses to be drawn on targets


Chiefs are currently some way off the pace in the Absa Premiership title race as they occupy fifth position – 10 points adrift log leaders Bidvest Wits, with just 11 matches still to play.

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Having already fallen short in the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout under previous coach Giovanni Solinas, Amakhosi recently dropped out of the CAF Confederation Cup and now only have the Nedbank Cup and League to fight for.

However, considering rivals Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns are also gunning for top spot in the league, Middendorp has tactfully evaded questions over whether Chiefs could still make a run for a top-three finish.

“Starting on 7 December, taking the team in a certain position [fifth], I don’t believe with the number of games in front of us we can talk about what’s possible and what’s not,” said the German.

“I think that’s definitely not a situation where you can look forward to saying that this or that will happen. We will do everything in our power to be well prepared for the next game, and then we will see.”

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The Galmour Boys will next look to end their dismal winless run in the Soweto Derby this weekend, before tough tests against, among others, relegation-threatened Maritzburg United, SuperSport United, Baroka and away to Black Leopards.

But Middendorp believes other teams also face an uphill battle to the title run-in, and feels no one is assured of victory given the surprise results that have come about already in recent weeks.

“I think we will see some other surprises, not only what happened with Sundowns losing at home or other teams playing a draw when nobody was expecting it, and it’s good, very interesting to see," he added.

“We are aware about [our shortcomings]. I think in certain departments we should and can do better.

"I see, in terms of finishing for example, different activities in training and then I, myself, am wondering what’s really happening in these games? And it’s wasn’t only against Cape Town City but earlier against Sundowns too.

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