Chiefs coach Middendorp putting break to good use

Chiefs coach Middendorp putting break to good use
Ernst Middendorp, coach of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 match between Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu at the FNB Stadium Johannesburg on the 07 March 2020 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday May 15, 2020. 09:00

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp has revealed that he has used the coronavirus-enforced break to good use and is hoping that his team will emerge an even stronger unit if and when the season restarts.

The Amakhosi have excelled under the German mentor this season and topped the Premier Soccer League (PSL) log by four points (having played a game more) from reigning champions Mamelodi Sundowns when the campaign was halted in March.

Middendorp has explained that he has used the time to do an assessment of the team and its players, as well as developing new strategies and approaches for the future.

“Covid-19 has provided me with enough time to assess the past eight months of the current season,” the coach told his club’s official website.

“It is about the ongoing assessment of individual players, their performances and profiling. I have had time to go through the details of every individual player.”

Middendorp added, “I’ve also had time to look at what worked so far this season and what we need to do differently going forward.

“I am using this information to make individual reports on each player. I am, furthermore, looking at what can be done differently, both as an individual player and as a team. It’s all about spending my time at home productively.

“Overall, I try to stay as alert as we can be called back to the training field at any time. It is, therefore, essential to stay on top and be ready.”

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