How Steve Komphela’s ‘short blanket’ theory worked for Sundowns

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Steve Komphela is a man who takes the philosophical side of football quite seriously and, earlier in the week, he unleashed another gem with his “short blanket” theory, which he was kind enough to share with Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane.

Komphela’s Lamontville Golden Arrows were the Brazilians’ penultimate opponents in the 2018/19 season, as the two sides met at Loftus Versfeld on Tuesday night just days prior to the hosts clinching a record ninth PSL title.

Moments before kick-off, the two coaches – famous for their quirky soundbites – shared a light moment, with the former Bafana skipper dominating the conversation.

Steve Komphela breaks down the short blanket theory

Komphela took issue with the composition of “Jingles’” lineup, which he felt had too many attacking players, while his was more defensively inclined. That is when he brought up the “short blanket”, warning his opposite number that the tactic might leave him exposed at the back.

His explanation was vintage Bra Steve;

“Short blanket. You put on the knees, the head is exposed. You put on the head and the knees are exposed.”

Steve Komphela

However, with a squad as big as that of the Tshwane giants, all bases were covered, as Abafana Besthende were caught on their heels early on, and did not recover – eventually crashing to a 2-0 defeat.

Watch: Steve Komphela explains the “short blanket” to Pitso Mosimane

The victory saw the Brazilians capitalise on an earlier slip-up from title rivals Orlando Pirates to top the log, and they maintained that position in the crucial game against Free State Stars – clinching the title with a 1-0.

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