Kaizer Chiefs defender Lorenzo Gordinho has explained how coach Ernst Middendorp has tweaked the way they carry out their game-plan from last season.
Chiefs have started the 2019/20 season strongly as they look to make good on their disjointed performances towards the back end of 2018/19 that saw them completely unravel.
Their opening performance against Highlands Park saw them come from behind to win 3-2 after showing good character and fighting spirit, while last weekend’s 1-0 victory over Leopards indicated further improvement.
Gordinho, who stepped into a three-man central defence to compensate for suspended left-back Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya in the Carling Black Label Cup and their opening Absa Premiership clash, has since lifted the lid on what the approach is this season.
“I think [Middendorp] has carried through the same [philosophy], maybe the emphasis is a bit more on trying to be stronger and not concede as many goals,” explained Gordinho.
“We [as the defence] have to try and be the backbone of the team in order to allow the attackers the freedom to miss chances but also to score.
“It’s also to not put them under pressure; we should rather take the pressure of not conceding on ourselves.”