Spirit of Baxter returns to Naturena

Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs are showing similarities to the season when they broke several records on course to the last time they lifted the Absa Premiership trophy under Stuart Baxter.

Chiefs are on course to reclaim their glory days and will enjoy the rest of the festive season on top of the log for the first time in five years.

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The last time Amakhosi were in this kind of form was back in 2014/15 when Baxter was still in charge, and this season they have already won the first Q-Innovation prize, and they are on course for the second.

George Maluleka, who is one of the senior players at Chiefs, explains why winning Q1 is important to their championship dream.

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"Yeah, I think it's very important to start off on a good note and winning Q1 is a good confidence booster for the team and what that does is it actually makes the guys want even more," he said.

"Because it puts you in a position whereby you stand a chance of winning the actual league, so you win Q1 and Q2 and are then in an even better position.

"So the boys want more and we've shown that in Q1. There's a possibility of the second one as well, but we are not getting ahead of ourselves, we are taking it one game at a time and that process starts against Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday."

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Last time Chiefs were champions they were under Baxter, who forged a good record in defence, and they were not winning by huge margins.

Maluleka admits there is a similarity in that 2014/15 side compared to this class under Ernst Middendorp.

"Yes, lots of similarities if you look at the games as well, the scorelines, there's been a couple of results where we've won 1-0 and 2-1, very close ones, but we've been able to contain opponents," he said.

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"And obviously the clean sheets are an important factor. As they always say, defenders win you championships, so we've tried to work on that and it's worked to us. So far so good."

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