Solinas defends individual errors
Posted: 30 August 2018 Time: 08:00
Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas has refused to point fingers at individuals over errors costing his side points, and insists they need to rectify their defence as a collective.
Chiefs surrendered a two-goal lead to register yet another point in their Absa Premiership campaign as they drew 2-2 with Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday evening.
Some crisp attacking play saw Khama Billiat and Khotso Malope provide a two-goal cushion shortly after the hour mark, as the hosts looked to be cruising at the FNB Stadium.
However, two defensive lapses within the same amount of minutes allowed Phunya Sele Sele back into the game, before Amakhosi squandered numerous scoring chances late on.
Solinas’s Chiefs side have now leaked seven goals in five league outings, which is cause for concern as they also continue their search for a first Premiership win this season.
The Italian tactician, though, leaped to the defence of his central defensive pairing in Daniel Cardoso and Siyabonga Ngezana, and stressed that the entire team is responsible for defending, which is what they will be working on to rectify in the coming days.
“We played well, we moved the ball very well and we created a lot of chances, I agree we played a beautiful game. But, in every game we make mistakes,” he conceded.
“These mistakes cost us points, so we need to fix these mistakes. However, it’s not only individual problems. I repeat, the fault lies not only with one player.
“We need to solve this problem as a collective because it’s not only the defensive department. In front of them we have six players, no? The back four and in front of them there are six [more] players.
“So the job [of defending] is not only for the back four, we need the collective. In my idea, the job of defence is a collective. We need to participate in this job together as a team – we defend as a team.
“So we need to fix these mistakes, tomorrow [Thursday] analyse the game with video and turn our focus to the next game because we don’t have time for crying. After two days we have a big, important game.”
Solinas also admitted concern over their league form and current position of 13th on the log, but quickly urged focus for the cup challenge this coming weekend.
“We are Kaizer Chiefs. Yes, I’m not happy with our league position because Kaizer Chiefs compete to win the league, and at the moment Chiefs is in a position not fit for the club.
"So, we need to improve and change the league table. We have to win a league game, but now our focus must go to the next game,” he concluded.
Chiefs will host SuperSport United in the second leg of the MTN8 semi-finals at the same venue on Saturday. The first leg ended 2-2 in Tshwane.