Middendorp: How can this happen?


Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has looked to dissect what went wrong in his side’s shock defeat to bottom-of-the-log AmaZulu on the weekend.

Chiefs suffered another slip in their quest to march on towards the Absa Premiership title as they were humbled with a 1-0 defeat to Usuthu at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

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The defeat certainly brought them off their high horse after beating rivals Orlando Pirates a week earlier, and Middendorp has since addressed what the cause of this was while drawing comparisons to the likes of Liverpool and Leicester City.

“The question mark of how can this happen? It has something to do with the mindset – Watford wins against Liverpool; Norwich wins against Leicester City – these are stuff that happened [elsewhere in the world],” said Middendorp.

“But it should not [happen], and I definitely believe if you have the right mindset on the field from the first second in attacking and defending then the result will be different.

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“We did not do that; we took it too easy, there’s no denying that, and then of course in a critical moment [of going a goal down] it becomes more and more difficult.

“You boost the opposing team, their [defensive] wall gets deeper and deeper and you have a situation where a header is going here, and a header is going there; Lebogang missed a big chance to equalise early in the second half.

“This is a normal run of a game when something like this happens. So, it is not to deny but we have to recognise and prepare ourselves better for the next game.”

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