Ernst Middendorp downplays Kaizer Chiefs pressure


Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has admitted his side are always under pressure to perform but insists preparation for this weekend’s match is no different even to the Soweto Derby.

Anticipation is building ahead of Saturday’s Nedbank Cup semi-final encounter between Chiefs and Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

This is arguably the most important match of the season for Amakhosi as they wait expectantly for the club to use this opportunity to end its trophy drought.

Having last won a trophy nearly four years ago – a historic feat for the club, pressure is ever increasing but Middendorp insists pressure is part of their daily routine, and as such no extra planning is needed in light of the occasion.

“I’m always repeatedly saying, of course, there is pressure. You start a game at 0-0 and you have to perform and win, it’s the obligation or expectation of a club like Kaizer Chiefs,” said Middendorp.

“But we should be able to manage that… It’s the same procedure all the time, after Black Leopards, we had already gone into preparation for Chippa, and that’s what we do.

“We also prepare for Chippa United in the Nedbank semi-final in the same way we prepare for a PSL game against Baroka, or Orlando Pirates in a Soweto Derby.

“From us as the technical team, there’s a very clear cycle where you start in the beginning of the week, in terms of what you want to do, your main contents of a training session and what you’re highlighting ahead of the game.

“All this is always a very clear structure and there’s nothing different this week or concerning the other games we’ve played before or the ones we’ll play in future.”