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Can Chiefs Play With Three Centre-Backs?

At the moment Kaizer Chiefs play in a rather default four-man defensive line, with Eric Mathoho and Tefu Mashamaite occupying the central defensive positions. However, with Morgan Gould playing second fiddle to the Twin Towers, Chiefs could possibly accommodate Gould by playing in a 3-5-2 wingback formation.

The Fan Park crew will now take a look at how Chiefs could play three centre-backs in a popular and very much attacking formation.

The 3-5-2 formation is an attacking formation, as it takes one number out of defence and adds it either in midfield or upfront from the usual back four system. Masha, Gould and Mathoho on paper sound a formidable prospect as all three defenders are of high quality.

Also, this formation requires two wing-backs with Tsepo Masilela and Siboniso Gaxa fitting the bill perfectly in this regard.

Both Masilela and Gaxa are equally good at going forward and tracking back, so playing them as wing-backs should be no problem for the duo.

As two holding midfielders, the usual names of Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Willard Katsande easily spring to mind as they have formed a powerful pair in the middle of the park.

Playing as a playmaker just ahead of Yeye and Katsande could ideally be Bernard Parker, with David Zulu and Siphelele Mthembu up front.

That indeed sounds a strong Kaizer Chiefs outfit and with players like Mandla Masango and George Lebese to choose from, it’s something coach Stuart Baxter could definitely look into.

Should Chiefs contemplate on playing in a 3-5-2 system?


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