Bloemfontein Celtic head coach Ernst Middendorp is remaining modest ahead of tonight’s game against Kaizer Chiefs.
Contests between the two side have been close affairs in recent seasons, with Chiefs now looking to extend their lead at the top of the standings and Celtic hoping for an upset at FNB Stadium, which has turned into somewhat of a fortress for the Amakhosi. Middendorp laments the loss of Thabo Nthethe and John Arwuah, who have joined Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu respectively, but says that his team is a work in progress and they can certainly go far.
“We just have to continue with our recent performances, be solid and firm in our approach, and knowing that we have to be on our best in each and every position to stand a chance against Chiefs. The fact that we lost two key players in Thabo Nthethe and John Arwuah cannot be dismissed out of hand after three games without them, even though we are performing well. I am not so naïve as to say that after three games our team is now settled, I think after 10 games we can check the consistency and make a conclusion,” he told Celtic’s official website.
The former Chiefs coach added, “I am aware that we have brought in four quality players to replace the two big names that left and we are now using four shoulders to carry the load of two players and so far it is working out all right. We are still striving for a solution, we will always strive for solutions - tactically and through organisation, leadership and consistency.” he added.