Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp insists the Absa
Premiership leaders are only forced into relying on set-pieces due to defensive
Amakhosi had a tough trip to Thohoyandou Stadium to contend
with last weekend and were held to a 1-1 draw by their hosts Black Leopards.
Middendorp admitted after the game that he always found it
difficult to travel to Lidoda Duvha's home ground, where Chiefs once again
scored from a set-piece.
"(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, as quoted by KickOff.
"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."
When asked about Chiefs' perceived reliance on set-piece
goals, Middendorp explained that they are often forced into that style of play
because of overly defensive opponents.
"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 continued.
"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
"I understand it's about top eight, it's about staying
in the league, it's about competing for the championship.
"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 everybody has to expect it and has to handle
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