Rulani praises Chiefs’ Nurkovic tactic


Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena has analysed Kaizer Chiefs' unconventional use of Samir Nurkovic during the weekend's clash.

The reigning DStv Premiership champions lived up to their status as favourites to retain the domestic crown this season by recording an impressive 2-0 win over their rivals Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld on Sunday.

Despite the scoreline, it was the Amakhosi who created more chances during the encounter only to be let down by their profligacy in front of goal, with question marks raised of Stuart Baxter's decision to start star forward Samir Nurkovic in an unfamiliar position.

The experimental line-up saw Serbian goal-getter featuring on the left wing against Masandawana while former Sundowns ace Khama Billiat was tasked with occupying the more central role, 

"I think if you analyse Chiefs very closely [and] the transitional style of play that coach Stuart has come up with, I think, in my personal opinion, having him on the left [makes sense], particularly when you look at the schemes they use with Khama running in behind him, and even sometimes when they try to build from the back," Mokwena said.

"And then, because all their goalkeepers are right-footed and today they had [Austin] Dube who was left-footed – but predominantly they have their right-footed centre-halves, then it's easier to get out of pressure with a diagonal ball to the left from the right foot. 

"Then to get possibilities on transition, or when they develop the play from the second ball, he's the right profile to have those skills. There's a lot of intelligence and wisdom in the approach and for me, as a coach, it makes sense and it becomes difficult to deal with."

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