New players giving Baxter sleepless nights
Kaizer Chiefs player, Samir Nurkovic (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)
Kaizer Chiefs coach, Stuart Baxter is inheriting a team that is a shadow of its former self, while many will say the team has underwhelmed its fans in the past two seasons, presenting a team that is both mediocre and lackluster compared to its previous years, Baxter is adamant that the 2021/2020 season will be highly competitive.
With the The Glamour Boys scheduled to Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarter-finals of MTN-8 that will kick off on
Sunday, 15 August 2021 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, fans wait with abated breath.
Baxter is faced with the mammoth task of turning the team around.
Speaking at a press conference, held in Naturena, Stuart Baxter said, one cannot ignore the fact that Sundowns had done well from the time he left Kaizer Chiefs in the 2014/2015 season.
“Sundowns have set a benchmark, and I don’t completely agree with people that say they signed all the best players. They’ve signed this and that. But, you have to do your job. You are still going to make it tick. So, that doesn’t entitle anybody to win Championships. To continue to win championships, it’s a group performance, and everybody at Sundown’s, I’m sure that they’re very proud of it,” explained Baxter.
Fans question whether Baxter has players who will have the special abilities and skills to turn the game around, or if he is going to rely on organising the defense and playing in transition. While he may not need the most lethal strikers to win trophies, he will need to bank on a striker that will have the ability to think on his feet and link himself with his midfield so that the probability of scoring goals will be heightened, as they will be coming in from every player on the field.
Kaizer Chiefs appeared from a transfer ban last season, Baxter said his new players, are giving him sleepless nights.
“We are working hard, training in the evenings. The sleepless nights are working out, its how we can get the best out of our players. They are so many reasons that caused Kaizer Chiefs to be away from that benchmark of Mamelodi Sundowns. The rebuilding process is going on, and I hope that will lead us to close that gap and eventually knock them out of their patch. There are also few other teams who want to do the same. So, the pressure is on Mamelodi Sundowns,” he said.