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Can Chiefs Hurt Sundowns With ‘Route One’ Football?

While Benni McCarthy called out Kaizer Chiefs for their ‘route one’ football, former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder, Roger Feutmba reveals whether the ‘long balls’ will be a headache for the Brazilians on the weekend.

After being knocked out of the last 16 of the Telkom Knockout cup the past week, McCarthy pointed out how Chiefs tried to break them down by kicking the ball high and long in to the dangerous areas – calling Amakhosi out for being ‘kings of route one football.’

Sundowns will lock horns with Amakhosi this weekend and while there has been talk around Chiefs’ route one’ style of play, the Brazilians on the other hand are famous for keeping the ball on the ground with precise movement and combination play.

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Speaking in an exclusive feature in this week’s edition of Soccer Laduma, Sundowns legend, Feutmba revealed whether or not Chiefs will be able to unsettle the Brazilians with their style of play.

“Sundowns is one team that never changes their philosophy and style of play. It doesn’t matter what the opposition does, Sundowns have their own way of playing and it never changes,” he said.

“They keep possession, create chances and score. That’s the Sundowns way of play and they always play positive football. I expect them to go out there and do their thing – they won’t sit back or play negative football. Chiefs will also don’t sit back, they will come at Sundowns and attack, whether through long balls or passes and I believe Sundowns will be aware of that. 

“I have watched a number of Chiefs’ games and they can be very dangerous going forward. When you have players like Khama Billiat and (Leonardo) Castro, it is very important for you not to sit deep and defend because those players have a positive mindset. 

“I expect Chiefs to try and play in the Sundowns half for as long as possible,” he added.

Check out this week’s edition of Soccer Laduma to read more on Feutmba’s thoughts on:

• The growing rivalry between Sundowns and Chiefs

• Coming up against Billiat and Castro once again

• The mind games between Ernst Middendorp and Pitso Mosimane. 


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