Kaizer Chiefs’ Parker admires Cristiano Ronaldo’s mental strength

Amakhosi began training as friends on Monday and the vice-captain welcomes the new development ahead of resuming their assault on the league title

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Bernard Parker is drawing inspiration from the club Real Madrid, aswell Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.

This is in the hope of a fruitful 2019/20 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season restart. The Soweto giants are in training in preparation for the resumption of the current season which was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

If the summer season is to be completed, Chiefs have eight matches to preserve their PSL lead within their quest for an initial league title since 2015.

They are four points in front of second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns who however like a game at hand.

Parker has stressed on Chiefs adopting the type of attitude shown by Spanish giants Real Madrid that have put together a seven-match winning streak since La Liga restarted, to topple Barcelona from the very best of the table where they are now four points clear.

Also inspiring Parker is Ronaldo’s mentality.

“It’s also noteworthy to see that especially the top sides, who have the best players, seem to perform the best,” Parker told the Kaizer Chiefs official website.

“That says a whole lot about their mental way of the game. Look at Real Madrid, that have really been doing great since the restart, thanks to the players’ mental strength.

“It’s nice to see how that he [Ronaldo] takes his leadership role seriously. Ronaldo has that winning mentality plus it rubs off on his teammates. It’s a lesson for us aswell. To have the ability keep our momentum, we must be strong mentally. That’s going to be crucial once the league resumes.”

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Chiefs have started training at Naturena in front of their closest title challengers Sundowns and Parker describes it as “a breath of fresh air.”

“It really feels good to be back at training,” said Parker.

“It’s also great to be with your teammates again. It’s like a breath of fresh air… However, we will take it one step at a time. At present, I am just happy to be back on the field.”