Kaizer Chiefs vs Maritzburg United: Eric Tinkler wants his team to take the game to Kaizer Chiefs from the get go when they meet in a Premiership encounter at the FNB Stadium on Saturday (15 February).
Sixth-placed Maritzburg United head into their encounter with Kaizer Chiefs off the back of a morale-boosting 1-0 win over Bidvest Wits in midweek.
Maritzburg United may have given Kaizer Chiefs an additional buffer against their title rivals with the triumph over the Clever Boys, but they will be intent on taking something away from the FNB Stadium.
“The confidence and morale is high, we’ve seen that in training, the mood is good. But there’s a job to be done on Saturday in what is going to be a very, very difficult game,” Tinkler said in an interview on MaritzburgUnited.co.za
“We’ve had good results against them of late. But they’re going to be especially prepared against us and we are going to have to up our game even more than the previous games we played against them.
Tinkler won’t be setting up his team to play like a small club against Kaizer Chiefs and has called on his players to find the same energy they displayed against Wits.
“I think what was important is that we looked to play against Wits. I thought our first half performance was exceptionally good,” he explained.
“On the ball we were very good, our movement, our support play, the combination play was good, the switching of play, balls in behind, was all very good. We want to see that in the game against Chiefs.”
Tinkler gives credit to Kaizer Chiefs coach
Tinkler gave former Maritzburg United coach Ernst Middendorp credit for the work he is doing at Naturena.
“What I have seen is a team, with players willing to work for one another,” Tinkler commented. “I think that is what Middendorp has managed to bring. Are they beatable, yes they are beatable. On the day it’s all about who wants it the most.”
Kaizer Chiefs vs Maritzburg United: Conditioning key to competing
Tinkler believes that fitness and conditioning will help the Team of Choice compete against the PSL’s giants.
“I like to ensure that we train the way we play (matches). So you’ve got to be very forceful at training, with the intensity you train.
“Because if you can replicate that…it becomes muscle memory – what you do in training, you transfer to the game.
“We rely a lot on Burger van der Merwe, our fitness coach. I have to complement him.”