Middendorp: Why we rely on set-pieces


Kaizer Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp has explained what forces his charges to rely on set-pieces during certain games.

Once again Amakhosi scored through a set-piece in their 1-1 draw against struggling Black Leopards in Sunday's Absa Premiership encounter.

Middendorp also admitted that a trip to Thohoyandou Stadium is the one he dreads the most in the PSL fixture list.

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"[Laughs] It's in the South African PSL, it's the toughest one to travel to, in particular if you have to play in the afternoon," Middendorp told the media.

"I think it will be a little bit more comfortable if you play in the evening. But if you play in the afternoon plus coming here there's always circumstances, it's by far the toughest journey during the entire season in South Africa."

Middendorp also quickly shot down claims that his Amakhosi team's strength is on set-pieces and says most times their defensive opponents are the ones who force them to resort to such tactics.

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"No, we score a lot of other goals but now for other goals you need a little bit like what is suitable for passing, and you have seen a lot from the first half [against Leoards] it doesn't work like you would like to," he justified.

"But anyway it's okay, we have to accept it. Black Leopards is a member of the PSL and we have to travel here, and we have to compete here.

"I understand it's about top eight, it's about staying in the league, it's about competing for the championship.

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"And it is a normal way if you come to the last 10 games you will see a lot of games where it's about passionate defending, where it's about minimising the mistakes, where it's about going to the maximum... but it's allowed.

"But it's good, that's the time now towards the end of the season middle of May. Each and every body has to expect it and has to handle it."

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