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Johnson Opens Up On Tactics After Msimango Red

Kaizer Chiefs caretaker coach Cavin Johnson has explained why he didn’t feel the need to bring on another defender after Given Msimango was sent off in their 5-1 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns.

Msimango received a red card for a last-man foul on Lucas Ribeiro Costa in the 19th minute, but Johnson opted against making a substitute.

Instead, he reshuffled things on the pitch and he thought his side initially held Sundowns well.

“It was not a matter about bringing in another centre-back,” he said when asked about his tactical decisions.

“We had Zitha playing right-back and he can also a play centre-back and we put Zitha at centreback and we put Maart to the right-back.

“We had Castillo and we had Sithebe in the middle, so we were more than happy with that.

“And as you can see, the whole first half, we were more than comfortable. We were able to to to stop them from playing and stop them from scoring.

“So we were okay. I thought we had a very, very well.”

Things, though, changed after the break, with Sundowns scoring five second-half goals – the most they ever scored against Amakhosi.

Johnson, though, insisted he wasn’t “outfoxed” by Rulani Mokwena, but the first goal came from a referee mistake, while his players later dropped too deep to invite pressure from Sundowns.

“I don’t think we were exposed. The only thing was that when you look at it, and you look at the goals they scored. The first goal, like I said, is the Achilles heel that kills my players. Because it’s, it’s not a goal. It’s an out-ball for Kaizer Chiefs,” Johnson insisted.

“And when we have that we have momentum going forward. And our plays are all upfront. We have the momentum to go forward, but the out-ball kills us.

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“And after that, yes, like I say, the third, the fourth, and the fifth goal, my players back off, which is not normal for them to back off.

“And I thought they backed off at the wrong moment. And that gave Sundowns the opportunity to come at us.

“I don’t think they outfoxed me, it’s just that we did the wrong thing on the pitch.”

David Kappel
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