Last night saw another loss for Stuart Baxter and Kaizer Chiefs players, and it is one which has left us angry and sad. Could the title be slipping away? Is Baxter losing his grip on the team?
As I reflect on the defeat to Maritzburg United last night, I have to look at several things that have been to our detriment in the past few games.
Boring & Direct Football
When Baxter first arrived the club was playing attractive football, but that no longer seems to be the case. This Chiefs squad has resorted to boring and direct football, aimed at getting the job done. Since the turn of the New Year, that has not worked out for us.
Style Of Play Being Read More Easily
When Baxter first implemented the transitional and counter-attacking play, the team was winning games by a good margin. The clubs in the PSL may have started to become more accustomed to the style of play and they are now able to close them down more easily.
Smaller Teams Are Becoming Tougher
Chiefs were brushing aside smaller clubs in the last two seasons but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Yes, the bigger clubs do tend to allow Chiefs to play more openly, whereas the clubs lower on the table tend to lock up and park the bus. Still, a team of Chiefs’ calibre should be able to grind out the points. This leads me to my next point…
No Plan B
The problem with Chiefs nowadays is that there is no back-up plan. It is only one method of play or nothing at all and there also seems to be an over reliance on scoring off set-pieces, won’t always work. You could see that the team was most threatening yesterday on set-pieces against United.
Khosi fans, this defeat has cut us deep. What do you think?