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Debate: Is The PSL's Standard Rising?

With the standard of football in the PSL arguably showing encouraging signs of improvement recently, the quality of coaching in the league appears to deserve at least some of the credit.

The rising standard is something which Bloemfontein Celtic coach Clinton Larsen has also identified. Larsen, at 42, is making positive strides as one of the PSL’s younger coaches.

He told the Siya crew, “Yes, I think you can see improvement because of the number of teams who’re trying to play an attractive brand of football. I hope it continues and we keep taking our football up level by level.”

Larsen also pointed out the big role that coaches in the PSL are making in improving the standard.

“I think if I go back five or six years, teams weren't very organised. Today there’s a lot more organization which shows a lot more work is being done on the training field,” explained Larsen.

The evidence of some of the football being played seems to backup what Larsen is saying about what some of the PSL's coaches are bringing to the game. 

Mamelodi Sundowns have opened up their season with a clear intent to play an expansive passing game, and this is something for which 49-year-old Pitso Mosimane deserves a lot of credit.

There’s also evidence of real constructive passing football taking place at Orlando Pirates, with their impressive displays in the CAF Champions League, which shows that 48-year-old Roger de Sa is leading Bucs well.

Kaizer Chiefs won a league and cup double last season, playing some outstanding penetrative passing football, under 60-year-old Stuart Baxter.

Additionally, before he turned his attentions to SuperSport United, 54-year-old Cavin Johnson coached Platinum Stars to play a magnificent brand of football at times.

All the evidence then seems to suggest a shift toward a more constructive and well-organised passing style of play in the PSL, which can only translate to more entertainment for local fans.

By David Minchella
Follow David on Twitter: @DavidLaduma


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