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Middendorp explains formation change

Kaizer Chiefs tactician Ernst Middendorp explained the reason for his shift back to a standard 4-4-2 formation against ZESCO United as he bemoaned decisions taken by his predecessor.

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Chiefs have become synonymous with the 3-5-2 system initially employed over the past three seasons under Steve Komphela and it has been retained by Middendorp since his arrival in December.

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Former coach Giovanni Solinas initially opted for the traditional back-four, but the system became troublesome as goals constantly leaked through despite the presence of Itumeleng Khune.

After conceding three goals in their CAF Confederation Cup first leg against ZESCO, Amakhosi needed a rapid response in the second leg at home while also maintaining a clean sheet.

However, rather surprisingly, Middendorp opted for a flat back-four at FNB Stadium last Saturday and it seemed to have backfired as the Zambians broke through as early as the 10th minute.

The German then tweaked the line-up at half-time, bringing on ‘Dax’ Andrianarimanana in place of Leonardo Castro to slot in on the right side of defence, allowing Daniel Cardoso to shift in alongside Mario Booysen and Teenage Hadebe in the centre.

The German then tweaked the line-up at half-time, bringing on ‘Dax’ Andrianarimanana in place of Leonardo Castro to slot in on the right side of defence, allowing Daniel Cardoso to shift in alongside Mario Booysen and Teenage Hadebe in the centre.

It appeared relatively more solid until an individual error by Willard Katsande midway through the second stanza allowed Jesse Were to slot home unmarked from inside the box.

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