Despite their slow start to the 2013/14 season, Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter believes that it is too early to write the AmaKhosi off the title race.
The PSL defending champions have failed to match their last season's record at this stage, collecting only 15 points from their first nine games, and they find themselves five points behind current log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, but Baxter is still optimistic that Chiefs have a good chance of retaining their championship.
"There's still a lot of football to be played. This is not a sprint. The inconsistency is probably felt by everyone in the league. If we are there and thereabout when the league settles, yes, we have a chance to defend our championship," Baxter was quoted on the Chiefs website.
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His team has suffered two defeats already this season (against SuperSport United and Ajax Cape Town), but the Chiefs boss reflected on last season's results when they went on to win the league despite losing against Ajax in Cape Town.
He feels that their loss to SuperSport United is the only difference from their last season's success, and that Chiefs can still turn the tables with 21 games to go.
"We played Moroka Swallows last season at the FNB (Stadium) and defeated them in referee's optional time with a set play. This year they came to FNB and we drew.
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"We beat AmaTuks for the first time this season. We went to Ajax last week and lost, last season we lost in Cape Town and still we won the league."
"The only real result that is different from last season is losing to SuperSport United. There is no enormous swing in the results compared to last season," he said.
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