Former Kaizer Chiefs coach, Sergio dos Santos, has come to the defence of current Amakhosi coach Stuart Baxter.
This was after the well known local soccer coaching legend, Ted Dumitru, took to popular social media platform, Facebook, to lash out at Chiefs' current style of play. The Romanian's comments come not long after Chiefs crashed out of the MTN8 to Orlando Pirates.
Dumitru had earlier said on Facebook, “Creativity is not the key feature in Chiefs’ game anymore. In fact, the team's current image is getting closer to what is displayed by low grade English outfits. Some changes in the style are needed a soon as possible.”
The Siya crew contacted dos Santos to get his reaction to Dumitru’s comments.
He said, “I think Ted has a tendency to come out at certain times and sort of stick his breathing apparatus out of the water. Let’s be realistic here! In my opinion, the football played by Chiefs last year was probably the best football played by a local team in the last 10 years.”
He added, “The question we have to ask ourselves is, why has that suddenly changed? Why has a team that was consistently producing the goods not doing so at the moment? Why does Baxter find himself in the situation where he doesn’t know what his best 11 is?”
Dos Santos also questioned whether there were other reasons for Chiefs' current form.
“The question is, are some of the players a bit tired from all the Bafana Bafana games? Is there something happening in the camp that’s out of Baxter’s control? I find it absolutely flabbergasting that a team can be at a certain level in the one season and the following year they’re not at that level anymore."
He concluded, "You can’t tell me that a successful coach like Baxter, who knows this game, is going to change his tactics. Why would he make his team play a different brand of football from what they played last year when he knows that brand was successful.
"I don't think it's Baxter changing the tactics. I think it may be the players not being clinical enough and they've got doubts in their minds as they know they're not perfoming as well as last year.”