Middendorp Makes Bold Sundowns Prediction

Ernst Middendorp
Ernst Middendorp

Newly-appointed Swallows head coach Ernst Middendorp has made a bold prediction about Mamelodi Sundowns' title winning prospects. 

Middendorp is yet to settle at the Birds with back-to-back defeats against Richards Bay and Sundowns since the restart of the season. 

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Swallows gave the Brazilians a tough time on Tuesday after the score was deadlocked at half-time but the Tshwane giants eventually found the breakthrough just after the hour-mark courtesy of goals by Neo Maema and Themba Zwane. 

Masandawana, as a result, won their eighth consecutive league game and had opened a seven-point gap at the top of the table before their clash on Friday against Richards Bay. 

Middendorp, who came close to winning the league title with Kaizer Chiefs in the 2019/20 season, losing the crown on the final match-day, says he has seen enough of Sundowns to suggest that they will win this season's championship by a landslide. 

"The resources of a team like (Sundowns) is phenomenal, I said it at the beginning of the season, in the end of the season, let's be honest," Middendorp said in a press conference. 

"Let's not make jokes about it, it's a very clear opinion Sundowns will be at least 20 points in front of each and everyone of us. It's a reality. 

"The results that they have with the players, in terms of fitness, cohesion, very good understanding," he said. 

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The veteran German tactician carried on to suggest that with the resources that Sundowns has, they can only destruct themselves not to win the title and he's convinced they are champions in waiting. 

"It's not about ability of Sundowns winning the league, for me it's very clear they've won the league already (if) they continue (this way). They can only destroy themselves," he went on. 

"(And) they won't, they are too smart, too clever, the resources are here. This championship is done for this season," he asserted. 

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