- Kaizer Chiefs head coach Giovanni Solinas believes his team are still serious 2018/19 PSL title contenders
- Solinas said he expected the race for the PSL trophy to come down to the last round with no single team dominating
- Kaizer Chiefs started the season poorly but has since staged a somewhat remarkable comeback and are currently 3rd on the PSL log
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Giovanni Solinas believes his side are still serious contenders to win the 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) title. Kaizer Chiefs endured a nightmare start to the season but have staged a somewhat remarkable comeback and are currently third on the PSL log.
Kaizer Chiefs got off to the worst start in their history, going six league games without a win but have since recovered to collect 14 points from their opening ten matches of the season. The side is a mere three points off league leaders Bidvest Wits.
Solinas echoed an earlier comment by Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso ‘Jingles’ Mosimane who predicted the league season would be topsy-turvy. Solinas said he expected the title race to be balanced with no side showing clear dominance in the race for the PSL crown.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Solinas said he did not expect any results in the league - be that for top honours or to avoid the dreaded prospect of relegation – to be settled before May. The Italian fully expects drama and twists between now and May 2019.
Solinas told Sport24.co.za that the overall quality of the league had improved and the gap between the really big teams and the smaller teams was much smaller than ever. He pointed out that in its current form there were no easy games for big teams.
This sentiment is echoed by the surprise loss which Kaizer Chiefs suffered at the hands of Polokwane City last weekend at the empty Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Speaking about the loss Solinas said it was disappointing but not the end of the world and would not stop his side from competing for top honours.
Meanwhile, soccerladum.co.za reported that Solinas was once again looking forward to the mandated international break. Solinas said he would be focussing on the fitness levels and recovery of players such as Leonardo Castro and Dax Andrianarimanana.
Solinas used the last international break to his advantage. He worked uninterrupted with his squad for the first time since taking over as coach which led to the club’s reversal of fortune.
Since the last break, Kaizer Chiefs went on to record three wins on the bounce and moved from the bottom half of the log to a solid third. Solinas was rewarded for his hard work with the PSL coach of the month award for September.
Kaizer Chiefs will take part in the Macufe Cup during the break, Solinas said the match would give him the opportunity to try various combinations in a competitive environment. The club will be without six big-name players who are joining their various national sides for international duty.
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