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Baxter: Belief Is Pirates’ Biggest Weapon

Kaizer Chiefs’ Stuart Baxter says that Orlando Pirates’ belief in themselves will be their biggest weapon going into Saturday’s Soweto Derby.

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The Buccaneers currently find themselves on an eight-game unbeaten run in the PSL, winning five of their last seven games as they make a push up the Absa Premiership table.

When asked what has changed at Pirates since Eric Tinkler took over the helms from Vladimir Vermezovic, Baxter said that it’s mostly to do with the freedom that has been given to the players.

Speaking to the media, the Amakhosi coach said, “I don’t think a lot has changed at Pirates. I think Eric has instilled a greater focus on their transition play, I think he’s played with a different front-formation. But I think the biggest thing is that Pirates are playing with a bit more freedom now and a little bit more confidence.

“They were having a wretched time at one stage but now they’re scoring more goals and they’re buoyant. Their biggest weapon going into the Derby will be their belief in themselves. That’s something we’ve got to deal with.”

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Baxter is yet to lose to Pirates in a league encounter since moving to Naturena, with his only defeat to the Buccaneers coming in the 2013 MTN8 semifinals.

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