Baxter: We’re not that good

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Chiefs have won all three games they have played against Dikwena, winning 2-0 and 3-0 in the MTN8 semi-finals before another 2-0 victory in the Absa Premiership.

Sunday afternoon’s match at FNB Stadium will be the fourth meeting this season, with yet another League encounter coming up on December 2.

“We are trying to run out all games as competitively as possible,” says Baxter, noting that thinking about rotating the squad just because they have beaten an opponent thrice before will be silly.

“It is not like Manchester United playing Barnsley in the League Cup and they select their B team. They can do that and still emerge as superior.

“I don’t think we can mess around with our squad too much to lose all the balance and hope to beat a team like Platinum Stars. That will be folly.

“So at the same time as we want to give people playing time, they have to earn the shirt and be in good form, so I will only make the changes to maybe change tactically slightly or maybe even bring someone back who has been missing – not wholesale changes but small tweaks.

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“This is not a tournament that we can mess around with. We can’t … we are not that good. Our opponents are too good for us to be doing that with. To show that we have respect for our opponents we will pick what we class as a competitive team.

“We have respect for all our opponents, even though some probably get a higher profile like playing in the Derby. We know that in the past we have had our hands full with Platinum Stars, even when Allan has been at the helm.

“After the result [against Moroka Swallows on Wednesday] I think there is probably going to be more motivation to do the right thing. Going into this match I will not do anything that smacks of not going for the results.

“I will not be looking at this as a developmental game; this is a competitive game and so we will pick a competitive team. Even if there are a couple of surprises it will not be about taking any risks,” Baxter says.