Kaizer Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp says his men are ready to take on a “very disciplined” Bloemfontein Celtic side in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday evening at Tuks Stadium.
In the first round, ‘Amakhosi’ beat Celtic 5-3 in arguably the most entertaining encounter of the 2019/20 campaign at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Middendorp believes that he has a proper plan to complete a league double over ‘Siwelele’ and edge closer to helping Chiefs clinch the title.
“We need to be patient and maintain a sharp focus for the full 90 minutes against Celtic. It will be crucial to show good off-the-ball movement and produce intensive and smart game pace which I believe will benefit us at the end,” said Middendorp.
Celtic played out to a 1-1 stalemate against SuperSport United in their second game since the restart, on the back of thrashing Baroka 3-0 to reach the final of the Nedbank Cup.
“We are playing a very disciplined Celtic. No doubt, it will be a very difficult task for us and as always, the next game is the most important one. Celtic have some industrious players in their team. We must closely watch the roles that Lucky Baloyi and Justice Chabalala play to close their channels.
“Remember they have their influential player in Ndumiso Mabena, who makes them play. We will need to watch him as well,” noted Middendorp ahead of their 18:00 start.
Celtic are 11th on the log standings, four points away from the top eight while Chiefs are at the summit with 52 points, 16 wins after 24 matches.
“At the end, it doesn’t matter much who the opposition are, our aim remains going into each contest to collect the maximum points.
“We have a solid plan for them. It is going to be a tight contest, but we are ready for another victory,” concluded Middendorp.
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