Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has admitted that the pressure is on for his side to win the Nedbank Cup and end their trophy drought this season.
Amakhosi are currently in their fifth season without picking up any silverware since winning the league under Stuart Baxter in the 2014-15 season, and Middendorp knows he is under pressure to deliver the trophy that the club and their fans crave so badly.
Chiefs travel to the Eastern Cape to face Chippa United in the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup on Saturday evening, hoping to seal their spot for the final.
Speaking to the media in the buildup to the game, Middendorp admitted that his side have struggled for consistency this season, but this will not change the expectations from the fans and the club’s hierarchy.
‘You can’t talk about consistency. We have a lot of stuff that we are dealing with here. I am always repeating it, coming in December and having a number of players [injured],’ said Middendorp.
‘We had to adhere to that, find other solutions and the type of players that are talented and play on instincts. Players that are responsible and play to the benefit of the team.
‘I’ve repeatedly said it that there is pressure [to win something this season],’ added Middendorp.
‘When teams start the games at zero points, you have to perform and win for a brand such as Kaizer Chiefs. That’s something that should have happened, but we should be able to manage it.
‘From the technical team there’s a very physical plan when you start at the beginning of the week, what you want to do and main contents going into a certain game,’ he concluded.
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