Poor Build-Up & Team Selection, How Chiefs Lost To Galaxy
How Kaizer Chiefs Lost To TS Galaxy
by Soccer Laduma
May 20, 2019 08:35 PM
|Tags: Kaizer Chiefs TS Galaxy Nedbank Cup Premier Soccer League ABSA Premiership PSL|
On Saturday, TS Galaxy made history by beating Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup final. Four key tactical factors in the result include Chiefs’ poor build-up play and team selection, with the decisive points as follows:
- Middendorp makes selection gaffe
- Chiefs press high, force Galaxy long
- Amakhosi cross to no-one
- Galaxy excel in midfield
Middendorp Makes Selection Gaffe
In recent weeks, Ernst Middendorp has been resting George Maluleka, seemingly with the cup final in mind. 'Mido' was outstanding in both the quarter-final vs. Cape Town City (as the defensive midfielder) and against Chippa United in the semi-final (as a box-to-box midfielder). However, he was only a sub in this game and came on at half-time to make a big impact. Middendorp also only introduced Leonardo Castro in the dying minutes. The target man has not played well of late, but was surely worth at least 20 minutes on the pitch with the score at 0-0.
Chiefs Press High, Force Galaxy Long
Dan Malesela’s TS Galaxy side are famed for playing out from the back using their goalkeeper and two central defenders, particularly the excellent left-footer, Austin Dube. In this game, Chiefs pressed very high and this made Galaxy play a lot more long passes from the back than usual. Whilst this shows Chiefs’ pressing was effective, it also meant that they could not win the ball high up.
Amakhosi Cross To No-One
Chiefs build-up play in this the first half especially was very poor. With Castro on the bench, it was a surprise to see Chiefs deliver numerous high crosses and long balls from Bruce Bvuma and Daniel Cardoso from the back. Bernard Parker was often the target and he is not an aerially dominant player. Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya was particularly guilty as he looked for long diagonal deliveries instead of linking up with his midfielders. In the second half, Chiefs were much better at playing out from the back.
Galaxy Excel In Midfield
With Maluleka left on the bench, Lebogang Manyama still rusty after almost four months out injured, Willard Katsande showing his age and Dax having a disappointing game, TS Galaxy were able to dominate in midfield with Nation Ndlovu taking the official Man of the Match award. His quick passing and closing down was excellent and he looks like the sort of midfielder that Chiefs could do with next season. The game was eventually settled by impact substitute Zakhele Lepasa, who won a penalty and dusted himself off to convert it himself.
What did you think of Kaizer Chiefs and TS Galaxy’s performances? Which players impressed you on the day? Let us know by commenting below.
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