Chiefs have certainly stepped out in a different light since the return of Middendorp, who took over from Giovanni Solinas in December last year.
Though they have yet to achieve anything of substance, a place in the Nedbank Cup semi-final after convincingly overcoming The Citizens over the weekend as well as their points tally from the previous eight games has the German feeling secure over their direction.
“In the last eight [Absa Premiership] games, first is Cape Town City, second is SuperSport United – [both] with 16 points, and third is Kaizer Chiefs with 15 points,” said Middendorp.
“Now consider that Cape Town City and SuperSport have been working since the beginning of the season with the same build-up and producing something over pre-season [with the same coach].
“We have not had this opportunity and you know our issues [with goalkeeping mistakes] in certain moments, why we don’t have five or six points more – I don’t have to repeat it.”
Middendorp was referring to the costly mistakes made by goalkeepers Virgil Vries against Cape Town City that saw them suffer a 1-0 defeat, and Daniel Akpeyi against Polokwane City in their 1-1 draw.
Without these mistakes, Chiefs could very well have bagged the R1,5-million prize for Q3, while their points tally could have been around the 40-mark, which would have seen them right up amongst the title challengers.