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Middendorp Explains Surprise Double Change At Halftime

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp has explained why Leonardo Castro and Kearyn Baccus were taken off at halftime against Cape Town City.

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Chiefs opened up a nine-point lead at the top of the Absa Premiership with a 3-0 success over the Citizens on Sunday afternoon.

With Chiefs leading 1-0 at halftime, Middendorp surprisingly withdrew Castro, who opened the scoring, and Baccus for Happy Mashiane and Dumisani Zuma.

"We wanted to overload the left side a little bit, number 30 [Craig Martin] was more or less the third defender, a centre-back on this side," Middendorp told SuperSport after the game.

"I wanted to stretch them a little bit into this area. We haven't really executed it as it should be but some good runs from [Siphosakhe] Ntiya-Ntiya, from Happy in a forward movement.

"So far it was just to look into the heavy legs of Leonardo, a bit of legs of course of Kearyn and you bring two fresh legs and that was a little bit behind."

Middendorp and Chiefs now shift their attention to Black Leopards next weekend, although the club have already done their homework on the opponents.

"The games it doesn't matter if you play... these are probably the most difficult one. Already thinking during the week about Black Leopards, with a coaching change, two games lost I don't know the result today.

"But we sent somebody there, to record it, to make noise, to look into it and we will be well prepared for this game next week going in time and hopefully being successful."

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