On Saturday, Kaizer Chiefs had a chance to get their domestic season back on track away to Golden Arrows. After losing 2-1, coach Giovanni Solinas claimed his side did not deserve to lose the game.
We look at five factors that played a part in the result:
Chiefs defence exposed
This season, Chiefs have made individuals errors galore at the back, regardless of which pairing Solinas picks. In this game, Mathoho and Hadebe each gave away a penalty as the space behind Mphahlele was exposed by Lamola. The lack of help from the midfield was also evident, allowing pacey players to run at the backline.
Billiat’s form has dipped
Despite his hattrick against lowly Zimamoto in midweek, Billiat’s form in domestic action has dipped and he is now five games without a goal in local action, and has just one assist in that time. He has four shots in this game, but two were from a long way out. Billiat’s poor form has coincided with Ntshangase being dropped.
Chiefs dominated the stats
At the end of the game, Solinas stated that Arrows barely had any chances and his side should have won by a distance. Chiefs had 21 shots and 57.2% possession, but only two of those shots hit the target (9.5%). Chiefs has 13 successful crosses and 10 corners, yet netted only once.
Chiefs go long
From the 70th minute until the end of this game, Chiefs looked to play direct football up to Castro. The side played 44 long passes in this period as Solinas urged his side to get the ball into the box instead of attempting to play passing football on a terrible playing surface. By the end, Mathoho was playing as another striker. The goal Chiefs did score was from a long ball into the box from the back.
Arrows counter clinically
For this game, Clinton Larsen recalled Knox Mutizwa and played him alongside Lerato Lamola, having used one or other in most recent clashes. The pair caused constant problems for Chiefs’ slow, exposed defensive line, with Lamola positioning himself in the space behind an overly attacking Mphahlele. Not only did both goals come from these situations, but Siboniso Conco had a one-on-one with Khune to make it 3-0. Chiefs’ had to be much more aware of these situations and counter press more quickly, or use tactical fouling to stop these breaks.
After yet another defeat for Amakhosi, can Solinas turn this around or do Chiefs need a change of coach? Let us know by commenting below!