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Tactics Talk - Four Factors In Chiefs' Defeat To Chippa

Kaizer Chiefs took their run without a win to seven PSL matches as Chippa United beat them 1-0. Four factors in the result were as follows:

-          Chiefs prioritise cup

-          Chippa change shape

-          Middendorp tries to change

-          Chippa shut the back door

Read: Floundering Chiefs Look To Move On 

Chiefs Prioritise Cup

With the Nedbank Cup final next weekend, Ernst Middendorp left Daniel Cardoso, Bruce Bvuma and Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya out of the side to protect them from suspension (and injury in the case of Bvuma with Daniel Akpeyi cup-tied). George Maluleka was also left on the bench to protect his troubling Achilles problem ahead of the final.

Chippa Change Shape

For this game, Chippa moved away from their usual 4-2-3-1 formation and used a 4-2-2-2 shape with Kurt Lentjies and William Twala in roles described as 'half wingers' by coach Clinton Larsen. This allowed the side to play both Rhulani and Lerato Manzini upfront to search for a goal. As Chippa tried to play out from the back, Chiefs pressed high and made some clear first-half openings which they missed. It was instead Chippa who scored first after a transition in the Chiefs half. Erick Mathoho couldn’t stop Phetso Maphanga’s cross and Rama Mphahlele, used in a surprising role in the middle of the back three, lost his man in the box.

Read: Confirmed MTN8 Quarter-Finals As Chiefs Miss Out  

Middendorp Tries To Change

As with all of the games in this poor run of form, Middendorp made changes to try to turn the game. Mathoho was taken off, as was Andriamirado Andrianarimanana and on came Maluleka and Lebogang Manyama. Dumisani Zuma then replaced Teenage Hadebe for the final 30 minutes as Chiefs threw nine men forward at every attack. In the end, they had over 61% possession, 18 shots and seven corners but still could not score despite only having Kgotso Moleko and Willard Katsande staying back for most attacks. 

Chippa Shut The Back Door

With Chiefs packing the Chippa box and creating several good openings for Zuma, with Manyama pulling the strings (four crosses, two chances created), Chippa decided to completely shut up shop. Defensive midfielder Boikanyo Komane replaced striker Lerato Manzini with 36 minutes left and the Chilli Boys sat deep inside their own half to see out the game.

Did Chiefs deserve something from this game considering the chances they created? Where should the Amakhosi strengthen their squad in the off-season? Let us know by commenting below. 

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