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‘Solinas lacked planning or structure’

Kaizer Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso has lifted the lid on some of the bizarre practices former coach Giovanni Solinas had the players do during his tenure and is delighted to have his confidence back.

Cardoso marked his return to the fore as he stepped up to convert Chiefs’ spot-kick against arch-rivals Orlando Pirates in their 1-1 Soweto Derby draw over the weekend.

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After being victimized for Amakhosi’s hapless defence in the first half of the season, that saw the club often lose valuable points due to conceding soft goals, the 29-year-old has explained one of the key contributors to their poor defensive form under Solinas.

“When Solinas was here, we were using mannequins in training – there was no physicality or penetration from strikers, and now with coach Ernst Middendorp we’re doing a lot of small-sided games and we’re learning to close it up at the back,” explained Cardoso.

“One of coach Ernst’s sayings is always to, ‘let them go outside and cover the inside’, which is something that’s always been obvious in football but sometimes you just need a fresh reminder again. But Solinas never ever did any physical work with us [defenders].”

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Cardoso further explained that the constant chopping and changing didn’t do them any favours either and, when quizzed thereover, the Italian would often give lousy excuses – suggesting he had no obvious plan for his stay at the club. 

Cardoso further explained that the constant chopping and changing didn’t do them any favours either and, when quizzed thereover, the Italian would often give lousy excuses – suggesting he had no obvious plan for his stay at the club. 

“If you saw in every other game there were about five, six or seven changes to the line-up and you can’t get consistency like that, because you grow confidence as you play,” he added.

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