By Joana Arries-Tagoe

German coach Ernst Middendorp has blamed Kaizer Chiefs painful 3-1 defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic on the altar of complacency.

The Amakhosi had the opportunity to increase their lead on the log to nine clear points having watched Mamelodi Sundowns lost 2-3 to Cape Town City last Monday, but profligacy in front of goal prevented Kaizer Chiefs from realizing their dream and coach Middendorp believes that his players did underestimate their opponents and suffered the consequence.

“It’s always something when you take it too easy. and I think we had this problem today. We were thinking with this setup, how we turned around Polokwane City and we wanted to take this drive in to this game today. But unfortunately it didn’t work,” he told SuperSport TV.

“We were the ones who were leading but again it’s all about the energy, how we approach this game through the entire game. We haven’t done it right. Bloemfontein Celtic are a difficult side to play against.”

“We should be disappointed. We haven’t really approached it like we wanted to win. We have to talk among ourselves in the next few days to be better prepared on Saturday,” he added.

Kaizer Chiefs still sits atop the Absa Premiership table with 52 points, followed by Mamelodi Sundowns [with a match in hand] on 46 points.