Baxter: We have been struggling

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Title holders often complain that it is difficult to defend their trophy, as teams ‘up their game’ when they face them.

But Baxter insists it is rather the competitiveness of the League in general that is to blame for Amakhosi being so slow off the mark.

Chiefs have won just one League match in three so far, and have scored just three goals.

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This time last year they had already scored eight League goals, and questions are already being asked about whether they will be able to defend the Premiership trophy.

“I think [the PSL] is a normal league and to say suddenly it is more difficult than it was last season ... I don’t think of it that way. For me this just a competitive league!” Baxter argues.

“What has happened is that we have obviously got fewer transitions this year because people have been more careful when they go forward.

“In terms of the games ... we have had chances to win the games and games have been tight.

“Last season we scored on a set-piece against [Moroka] Swallows in the last minute to win the game and this year we didn’t and we drew.

“We played SuperSport United which was a tight game. We dominated in the first half and we had a massive chance with Knowledge [Musona] to score and go 2-1 up but we didn’t and they then scored.

“So those tight games can go either way. So I don’t think the games have been that much different but we have just been struggling to find our way.”

Baxter says he believes his team are looking just as good as they did last season.

“When we have played well we have really done well and it has looked the same as last year. But everybody can read into it whatever way they want.

“I think teams are not going to just allow us to win games. They are going to do things to try and make it much more difficult for us and I think in that respect it goes to show that this is a competitive league.

“Teams that were disappointing last season are going to make an effort to get it right this year. The League is competitive,” Baxter says.

Chiefs welcome Maritzburg United to Soccer City on Saturday night.

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