Coach Stuart Baxter has called on his current crop of players to rally and show why the club decided not to add to the squad dramatically during the off-season.
"We have to look at ourselves, work harder and that you cannot buy unfortunately,” Baxter told Chiefs official website.
“The question about whether we have a competitive squad this season has to be answered by the players we have at our disposal.
“We did not 'go crazy' in the market as we had to respect the team that won us the double last season."
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On Saturday, SuperSport United were able to fight back from a goal down against Chiefs and punished AmaKhosi with two more goals to seal a 3-1 win. Speaking about the game, Baxter believes that his side lost concentration.
"I was pleased with the way we played in the first half. We spoke at halftime about the importance of being focused and disciplined, but I think after a while we switched off,” Baxter says.
“We allowed SuperSport to come back into the game. Things just changed from the distance between defenders and the shape and SuperSport exploited that.
“We have to look for solutions and address this very quickly."
Baxter’s ploy to use three centre-backs against SuperSport United led to some criticism, but the coach explained his tactics of employing Morgan Gould, Tefu Mashamaite and Eric Mathoho at the back.
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"We had two offensive wingbacks and we did very well offensively in the first half. I do not remember our goalkeeper (Itumeleng Khune) making saves in the first half,” Baxter continued.
“This is a tactic the players understand well and we used it successfully last season."
Chiefs will play their next match on the 14th of September against Maritburg United and Baxter concludes that the team will have to make adjustments in order to recover.
"We will have to go back to the drawing board and be ready for our next game. We have to bounce back no doubt about it," he says.