Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt responded to predecessor Ernst Middendorp's remarks following their defeat to Maritzburg United on the weekend.
Chiefs suffered their fourth DStv Premiership loss in nine games at home to Maritzburg on Saturday, further adding to the club's worst start to a season in the PSL era.
With the club having endured a similar start in 2018/19 under Middendorp, the German – who was sacked in September last year – admitted displeasure at seeing his former team in their current state.
Hunt, however, shrugged off the sympathy as he insisted they are well aware of what they are faced with at present and admitted that perhaps the CAF Champions League is a worthy distraction to their domestic struggles.
"I suppose it's easier to say that after [taking home] a victory, but I mean we've obviously got a battle on our hands, we know we're in a fight now," Hunt said.
"And with our programme, it's very, very difficult with our squad. I mean, we're going to have to battle away and we're playing every two or three days.
"So, I think the best thing for us is to maybe get away from here as well and play outside, because I think we're a little bit better there.
"But in saying that, we've got to be better at home [in South Africa]. Our record hasn't been good."
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