Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter feels that if his side show the same character they did last season in the coming campaign, they will have little difficulty in defending their two titles.
Baxter was speaking after his side won the Gauteng Cup on Sunday, beating Bloemfontein Celtic 4-1 in the final at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, a performance which he says was “pleasing”.
Although they faced a Celtic side that fielded most of their trials players and new signings, Baxter was happy with the attitude of his side, but warned that there were still many things to work on before the season’s start.
“As an excercise, it was good. I was pleased with a lot of things,” he said.
“But we have defensive and offensive things to work on. We hope we can continue playing decent football.”
Baxter and his side are preparing to defend their league crown and the Nedbank Cup title.
Baxter said their secret to winning last season’s double was attitude and, if they can regain this, they will have a chance.
“I’m pleased to see the possession and movement so early in the season. The general performance was good level,” he said.
“If you look at any team anywhere in the world that does a double – especially one that has not won major trophies for a while – there is a risk that they get carried away a little bit. Psychologically, it’s inevitable.
“That’s why I was very careful and I remind the players after every training session and every team meeting that we need to have the same humble approach that we had at the beginning of last season.
“One of our main weapons for us last year was having players who would get off the bench, having not played for six weeks, go in for five minutes and put their life on it. If we do that, we give ourselves a chance.”
Baxter was also thrilled to see striker Knowledge Musona scoring his first goal for the team since returning from German side 1899 Hoffenheim on a one-year-loan.
Musona, who made a big impact on the PSL for Chiefs before he left for Germany two seasons ago, scored the third goal for Amakhosi with a clinical effort and Baxter said he was aware of his abilities before he rejoined them.
“I haven’t worked with him. He was very successful at Chiefs and was a crowd favourite,” Baxter said.
“I had a talk with some people in Germany. They said he was a good lad and that the role he had there was not his best. One of the reasons that interested him to come back, was to rekindle a career.”
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