Middendorp not getting carried away by early Chiefs form

Ernst Middendorp (Getty Images)
Ernst Middendorp (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Coach Ernst Middendorp says Kaizer Chiefs are not yet playing to their full potential and that there is still much they can improve on.

Chiefs are top of the table and through to the Telkom Knockout quarter-finals. The Amakhosi play Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday and should have the psychological advantage after beating the Brazilians 4-2 in the Shell Helix Ultra Cup two weeks ago.

But Middendorp is keeping his players' feet firmly on the ground and is taking a balanced perspective on things.

"In particular from my side, you never see me running with the [Shell Helix] cup through the stadium, celebrating or whatever; you’ve never seen me disappointed or showing whatever [emotion] when we’re not getting the result, I take things quite balanced," Middendorp told KickOff.

"At the moment it’s about the progress and about the performance, and, I will repeat it, we still have minutes and periods in a game where we have to do better. We have to be more professional, showing really a performance where you can say you dominate over the entire game.

"There’s still a lot of work to do. I think it’s not depending on the Telkom cup or on the PSL [Absa Premiership] or Macufe Cup or Shell Helix Cup, it’s just games we have to play and in each of these, with a team like Kaizer Chiefs – even playing against Moroka Swallows on the training ground here, you have to win and be successful.

"If not, you are definitely in a messy situation – that’s the mentality and attitude we try to pump into the mindset of each and everybody part of this team and brand, in particular since we started the pre-season on June 25."

Kick-off is at 15:30.

- TeamTalk Media

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