Pirates’ Analysis On Chiefs
Pirates Have Prepared Well For Chiefs
Orlando Pirates believe that they have prepared well for this afternoon’s match against Kaizer Chiefs.
The much anticipated Soweto Derby match is only a few hours away, taking place at the iconic FNB Stadium.
Speaking to the media earlier in the week, Bucs’ assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena explained how his side have prepared for Chiefs.
“I think the key to their game model is the three centre-halves that control the half spaces, especially the lateral centre-halves. They have done something slightly different on the right in relation to what they do on the left with the three centre-halves, particularly since Rama played where you find Ramahlwe Mphahlele doing behaviours that are looking like a false centre-half that is taking up aggressive fullback position also in certain moments,” said Mokwena.
“They have wingbacks that are extremely aggressive with possibilities to come into the final third and bring an element of surprise in terms of creating width and bringing the ball into the box. Their build-up play is heavily reliant on where they position their lateral centre-backs,” he added.
“Critical to them, not only is the formation and the structure, but is what they want to do with the formation and the structure.
“You’ve got the possibility of them playing with one sitting midfielder or two sitting midfielders, and (Willard) Katsande drops a little bit, and sometimes creates a line of four that allows Rama to be a bit more aggressive on the right hand side. He’s there to consolidate and look after counter-attack situations where to try and give them numerical stability.
“There’s a lot of detail on Kaizer Chiefs. We’ve done our analysis. I think we’re playing against a very, very well coached team that is extremely well structured,” concluded the assistant coach.