Middendorp using lockdown to assess Chiefs players

Ernst Middendorp, coach of Kaizer Chiefs (Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix)

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp says the Covid-19 lockdown has provided him with enough time to ‘assess the past eight months of the current season’.

The German mentor added that the lockdown had also given him time to go through the details of every individual player.

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“It is about the ongoing assessment of individual players, their performances and profiling. I have had time to go through the details of every individual player,” Middendorp told the club’s website.

“I’ve also had time to look at what worked so far this season and what we need to do differently going forward,” he added. “I am using this information to make individual reports on each player. I am furthermore looking at what can be done differently, both as an individual player and as a team. It’s all about spending my time at home productively.

“Overall, I try to stay alert, as we can be called back to the training field at any time. It is therefore essential to stay on top and be ready.”

Middendorp also revealed how his players are keeping fit during the lockdown.

“Over a number of weeks we have seen the importance of communication and staying connected. We have, for example, been using modern technology to work on the team spirit, doing a lot of individual as well as group work.

“We are not only doing physical training, cardio and the likes. We have the necessary equipment to be able to assess and monitor everyone’s progress. The only difference so far is doing football work on the pitch.

“When we eventually return to the training field, we will need a few weeks to reactivate the football practice and match fitness of the players. We have noticed, however, that everyone is eager to get back on the pitch, although, of course, we all understand the situation needs a very sensitive and a careful approach,” concluded the German mentor.

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