Soccer Laduma - - Make Your Point -

In this game, both teams came with an ob­vi­ous plan. Pi­rates stuck to their game model of the last 18 months and got re­warded for hav­ing very clear pat­terns of play and co-or­di­nated move­ments. De­spite that, they cre­ated very few clear-cut chances, but they kept plug­ging away and even­tu­ally found the win­ner af­ter a big im­pact from sub­sti­tute Mu­lenga, who had three shot as­sists in just 22 min­utes on the pitch. Chiefs had a plan to park the bus and play on the break, but they looked dis­jointed and un­struc­tured with the mid­field un­able to con­nect the team to the at­tack. If ei­ther Kat­sande or Maluleka were not open, the de­fend­ers went di­rect to Cas­tro. Play­ers like Bil­liat and Manyama were wasted in such a de­fen­sive set-up, and the omis­sion of Nt­shangase was a huge blow to Chiefs’ pass­ing game. Go­ing for­ward, Soli­nas has nu­mer­ous is­sues to con­tend with, from a leaky de­fence, to a slow mid­field, to a lack of qual­ity in wide ar­eas, to a re­liance on Bil­liat. Pi­rates are still strug­gling to break down teams who sit back and don’t en­gage them, and their de­fend­ers’ lack of speed and pass­ing abil­ity is still an as­pect they could ad­dress in com­ing trans­fer win­dows. With Ny­atama and Mlambo win­ning the mid­field bat­tle in this game, Pi­rates were wor­thy win­ners. They at least looked to play on the front foot, whereas Chiefs played like a com­plete un­der­dog.

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