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Carnell Under Middendorp's Wing

UJ coach, Bradley Carnell, says that he feeds a lot off his close relationship with Bloemfontein Celtic mentor, Ernst Middendorp.
The former Bafana Bafana star has made an impressive start to his coaching career, with UJ currently topping the Varsity Football log in their debut season thanks to a resounding 6-0 victory over UCT in Soweto on Monday.
Carnell said that he was pleased with the way that his team had managed to keep focus against the bottom-dwellers from the Cape, who had gone down to NWU in Mafikeng in similar fashion the week before.
"This game was a potential banana skin for us because UCT would have been frustrated and motivated from the week before, so we really had to pitch up and take nothing for granted," he said.
His charges were clinical in front of a grateful crowd in Soweto as they maintained their unbeaten start to the competition which has seen them score 17 and concede just four goals in their five games.
Carnell caught up with his mentor Middendorp over breakfast on Tuesday to reflect on another big win from his team.
"Bloem Celtic have been training at our grounds while they are here [in Johannesburg], they didn't manage to watch our game but I will be making sure Ernst sees the footage," he said.
The UJ boss said that Middendorp helps him keep up-to-date with all the latest trends in the game which he then tries to apply with his team.
"There is quite a nice link between the sides and I feed a lot off Ernst. He has got a lot to offer and I just try to absorb and learn as much as I can from him.
"He recently got back from the International Trainer Congress in Germany, so it is great to get insights on the very latest trends in world football," he said.
Witht the World Cup champions Germany currently leading the way in world football, former Bundesliga stalwart Carnell tries to mould his team on their strengths.
"It is not just about keeping the ball but having the highest possible effectiveness with possession. You can't reinvent football but there is a lot you can take from the best in the world," he explained.
With a mouth-watering clash against NWU in Mafikeng next for his team, Carnell is intending on making sure his side stay grounded.
"By my nature I try to be humble and modest, the boys were able to express themselves but we are really trying to keep them grounded," he said.


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