Middendorp: I'm not here to make friends

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp
Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp says football is a physical game and that there's nothing wrong with an aggressive style of play.
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The German tactician spoke in response to his Orlando Pirates counter-part Rhulani Mokwena who claimed that Chiefs employed "thuggish" tactics in the Soweto derby, which Amakhosi won 3-2.

Middendorp pulled no punches, stating that he isn't in the business of coaching to make friends and to take it easy against his opposition.

"If you're in a game, sorry, there's nothing to talk about you having to kiss each other or go lightly [on the opponent]," said Middendorp.

"You do the preparations two or three days before then the 90 minutes get heated based on whatever you do intentionally or to provoke - that's something that happened.

"Some coaches are taking it, and sometimes you need an hour longer or a day more to eat it and process it, but I have already a friend; I don't need another one."

Chiefs are currently running away with the Absa Premiership as they enjoy a 10-point lead over second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns.

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