The Bloemfontein Celtic mentor witnessed his side fall to a Surprise Moriri goal in midweek but retain eighth spot on log, while Downs’ 1-0 victory saw the Pretoria side move to the top of the PSL table.
The German coach insists that should Pitso Mosimane’ charges continue to blaze their winning trail, they will be crowned champions at the end of the season. Sundowns have now gone seven league matches unbeaten.
“To be champions you need to be able to manage results,” said Middendorp, “and this is what has been happening at the moment with Sundowns. Chiefs have not been able to manage results as well as Sundowns.
“In total, with the players and with the technical team, if you are able to manage results and continue doing this, you will be the champions at the end of the day. ”
Downs have tough fixtures in their remaining four league matches. Their immediate Premiership task will be to demolish Clive Barker’s Mpumalanga Black Aces, who have been unparalled in their last few matches and currently fifth on the log.
Middendorp, below, a former Chiefs coach, relayed the same tale of most PSL clubs of their inability to take their chances in front of goal: “I think the performance in general developed over the 90 minutes.”