As emphatic as the scoreline was in their win over Mamelodi Sundowns in the Shell Helix Ultra Cup, coach Ernst Middendorp says he won’t allow his Kaizer Chiefs players to get carried away by the 4-2 result.
Amakhosi were dominant in brushing aside the Brazilians in the mid-season friendly at FNB Stadium at the weekend, and while Middendorp admits it is a huge confidence booster as domestic football returns this weekend, he wants his players grounded.
“I am not going to get carried away in terms of the result and be dreaming about this. We have a lot to chat about in certain moments of the game,” the coach told journalists.
“Whatever we want to talk about, the attacking transitions and all that – we can do better and we have seen this in the second half. We have a clear understanding what was good and what needs to improve.”
The two sides meet again later this month in a fixture where the stakes are even higher for both – Chiefs being the current Absa Premiership log leaders and Sundowns, the reigning champions, looking to catch up.
“It is definitely a confidence-increasing element (winning at the weekend). But we must face reality and that is the 27th of October at Loftus or wherever. But we are very realistic, knowing what that game is all about,” said Middendorp.