Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp is wary of their past experience following a solid cup performance but hopes his charges have learnt their lesson.
Chiefs are set to face Golden Arrows at the FNB Stadium this evening (19h30) following their impressive display in the Nedbank Cup semi-final against Chippa United at the weekend.
The last time they were in a similar situation after beating Cape Town City in the tournament quarterfinal, they went on to suffer a shock defeat to Baroka a few days later.
But Middendorp has assured they have done everything necessary to avoid a repeat occurrence this time around, as the stakes have now heightened.
“The players gave their all against Chippa United. The game was fast-paced. I just hope the guys have recovered well to give a repeat of Saturday’s performance,” said the German on his club’s website.
“We are in a similar situation to that after the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal. Remember, after the match against Cape Town City, we faced Baroka FC at home for a league fixture.
“We learned a few lessons from that situation, and we have used that to prepare for Arrows. It is all about managing the situation, which will include effecting some changes.”
Meanwhile, Middendorp has a good idea on what to expect from Abafana Bes’thende, singling out one Lerato Lamola as a potential dangerman to watch.
“It is going to be a tight match considering the high stakes involved.Arrows are a good team, they have some enterprising players, while Lerato Lamola is a seasoned and proven marksman,” he added.
“At the end of the day we want to win and collect the three points. It won’t be easy, but we are ready to win this one.”