Arendse expects carpet football

READ: Chippa will dance against Downs

Sundowns will be the visitors at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in the first leg of the MTN8 semi-finals which promises to be as tactical as it will be entertaining.

Since taking over at Chippa towards the end of last year Malesela has transformed the Port Elizabeth-based club from just another addition to the PSL into the side that arguably plays the most exciting football in the league with their short passing game. 

“I think this is going to be one of those games where concentration and anticipation will come into play in a big way with a lot of the football being played on the ground,” says Arendse.

“Surely tactics will come to play but at the end of the day it’s a matter of who takes their chances the most. They have been scoring goals so we need to switch defensively.

“They like to play on the ball on the ground and so that means there will be less balls in the air from them. It is going to be exciting. I expect a passing game from Chippa because under coach Dan they like to pass the ball around with combination passes.

“It is going to be a tactical game where one slip can cost you and one goal can win the game. On our side we are ready.”

Faced with a hectic month in which they have two semi-finals to deal with, Arendse maintains that they are not clouding their minds with the number of games ahead which might ignite thoughts of fatigue. Rather they are focusing on the immediate task at hand.

“We are taking one step at a time, we don’t want to jump the gun. We are focusing on Chippa first – we know they are a form team. They pass the ball well and are dangerous and once we have played them then we will move on to the next game.

“Everybody goes to work and that’s what we are here to do. The moment you start feeling like you are playing too many games then that is the time when you start believing that there will be fatigue.

“This is our job and we have to play the matches because we put ourselves in this situation. We have to enjoy it since we want to win.”

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