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Solinas: Chiefs switched off against Pirates

Giovanni Solinas (Getty Images)
Giovanni Solinas (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas believes his side lost concentration after opening the scoring against Orlando Pirates, and ultimately need to stay switched on in future matches.

Amakhosi suffered a 2-1 defeat to Pirates in last Saturday's Soweto derby despite taking the lead through forward Khama Billiat.

The Sea Robbers responded superbly as Innocent Maela and Vincent Pule struck back to ensure the three points went to coach Milutin Sredojevic's charges.

As such, Solinas takes the view that this is an area of Chiefs' play that can be worked on and improved.

"Every game we need to learn from and improve. What I learnt from Pirates is that we need to improve on our mentality and character," he told reporters.

"Because, we started the Derby very well. If you could check the stats, in the first 20 minutes, Pirates' possession was 43 [percent] and for Kaizer Chiefs it was 57 [percent].

"Chiefs were leading 1-0 [within that period] so we had everything under control, we had the possession, and everything was okay, [but] thereafter we switched off.

"After the penalty [missed by Justin Shonga], the reaction of Pirates players was very positive and very aggressive, and our reaction was negative. We went down softly, lost concentration and we switched off. We need to improve in this [aspect]. This was the lessons from the Derby.

"We need more consistency, yes, I agree. In September we played well and won three games in a row, thereafter we haven't gotten results.

In response to questions that he was perhaps over rotating his squad so far in 2018/19, the Italian added: "But also, why [the rotation]?

"Because in the squad we've had problems with the players' injuries, so we played against Black Leopards [Telkom Knockout Round of 16] without six players.

"[Leonardo] Castro was injured for one month-and-a-half; Lebo [Manyama] got injured [in a car accident] ...You know, these are key players for us, this is the problem. Yes, we need consistency, but we also need to play with the same players more frequently.

"But it's not [possible] sometimes. Yes, sometimes it's my decision but sometimes injuries force me to change."

The Glamour Boys are next in action on Sunday when they take on SuperSport United in a Telkom Knockout quarter-final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Kick-off is at 15:00.