Baxter: Rivals have done their homework

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The Briton gave his thoughts when quizzed on why goals have not been coming from all angles for his team this season, in comparison to the past campaign when Chiefs' defenders, midfielders and strikers all got on the scoresheet on a regular basis.

This term, however, only Bernard Parker had scored in the first three League games until Knowledge Musona and George Lebese got the goals against Maritzburg United this past weekend.

Baxter suggests teams played an open game against Chiefs last season, because they underestimated the Soweto side after the disastrous 2011/12 season when they finished empty-handed.

He further says teams are now cautious when they play Amakhosi after the Phefeni Glamour Boys redeemed themselves last season.

“I think last season we had come off a season (2011/12) where people had lost a bit of respect for Chiefs and they thought they could have a go at us because they could beat us,” he says.

“And given the nature of the game, we could hit people very quickly and gave them problems especially on the transition. Now, people are not crazy and they don’t say, ‘Let’s go flying against Kaizer Chiefs’ because they know that we can hurt them.

“So coaches are not blind and they look at how you play. They try to have a strategy to stop you,” he adds.

With this in mind, Baxter expects a difficult clash tonight when Bloemfontein Celtic host Chiefs at Free State Stadium in a League encounter.

“The Celtic game is always a difficult one down there and they will be smarting a little bit after their defeat to University of Pretoria, so they want to put that right. Do I change the shape from our last game against Maritzburg United or do I rotate players? We will have to wait and see,” he concludes.

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