Neeskens hits out at opposition

2012-04-12 18:55

Johannesburg - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens has lambasted the defensive approach of some his side's opponents this season.

The Dutch mentor said on Thursday, ahead of their Nedbank Cup quarter-final this weekend, that some of the country's top-flight clubs had hampered the Brazilians' free-flowing style of play in their last eight matches, of which they have won two and drawn the rest.

Neeskens was a crucial member of the Netherlands' 'total football' approach that revolutionised the game nearly four decades ago,

"It is difficult to play opponents when they put 10 people behind the ball and park a bus," Neeskens said.

"I like excitement but these guys are denying the fans who pay money to watch football entertainment."

Sundowns beat Black Leopards 2-1 on Tuesday night to move back to the top of the Premiership standings.

"You saw in the game against Leopards that we always try to attack," Neeskens said.

"I don't believe that we are inconsistent. How can we be when we are creating chances?

"I think we deserved to win and we got the three points in the end.

"Now hopefully our next opponents will not look to park the bus but look to play."

Sundowns face Maritzburg United in their Nedbank Cup quarter-final clash in Atteridgeville on Saturday afternoon.

Neeskens believed the Team of Choice had the resources to test his star-studded squad as they went in search of a place in the last four.

"They have quality in the team and that is why they reached the last eight of this competition," he said.

"Obviously, United want to win the match as well, but we are hoping to win and move on to the next stage of the cup."

Elsewhere on Saturday, Kaizer Chiefs tackle Free State Stars in Polokwane.

It will be Amakhosi's first match under interim coach Ace Khuse after the club parted ways with Vladimir Vermozovic on Thursday.

AmaZulu face Santos in KwaMashu on Sunday, while SuperSport United line up against Jomo Cosmos in Polokwane.


  • dnice.fisto - 2012-04-12 19:12

    Mr Coach please stop blaming the opposition teams and come up with some briliant tactics to break into that \parked bus\ ,its been quit a long time since we collected any silverware! Sometimes you have to play ugly football to win the match and for your info: this is crunch time \Total football\ won't take us anywhere now only goals count.Otherwise good job so far!

  • mawewe.mashele - 2012-04-12 21:05

    All these 15 teams when they play against us they play to draw, that is why they defend the whole game.

  • clayton.dube1 - 2012-04-12 21:20

    Loads of bull, I watched the game and leopards gave as much as they got and besides who are you to tell other teams what to do? If their tactics work for them so be it. Next time you face a team that has 10 defenders, you must change your system and play with 10 strikers. Its that simple.

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-04-12 22:03

    That is also my concern but what is your answer to that coach? In the PSL we have a lot of teams that play to be in the league and that makes them to rate a draw against Sundowns as a win. In this regard we must make sure that we win our game in the first 45 mins because other teams resort to defensive strategies through out the final 45 mins.

  • ctshabalala3 - 2012-04-12 23:01

    ha'mb yofa le kude

  • Mule - 2012-04-13 09:41

    Same thing happens with Barcelona. Even Real Madrid (the most successful club in football history ) plays very defensive against Barca. But you know what Barca always find a way to beat the hell out of them. You need to change you tactics coach. Let the fullbacks play as wingers and the wingers must play inside as additional strikers and you will get goals. What's the use of defending with all 4 players when the opposition is not attacking?

  • paulmandlankosi - 2012-04-13 17:43

    Kaizer Chiefs is going to whip your arse

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