Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter tells Goal that he doesn't feel any added pressure to register his first Soweto Derby victory over Orlando Pirates in the league
By Ernest Makhaya
Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has told Goal that he doesn't feel any pressure to beat Orlando Pirates when the two giants of South African football meet at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.
Baxter is still looking for his first league win over Pirates since taking charge of AmaKhosi last season, and despite losing to Platinum Stars on Wednesday, he revealed that there's no added pressure to bounce back.
"Why? Why should we feel pressure? I mean every team in the league go through phases. I think the teams at the bottom of the log should feel pressure and not us," Baxter told Goal.
Nonetheless, Baxter is hoping to keep his record at the FNB Stadium intact although this is an away clash for his team. The 60-year-old former Bafana coach is yet to lose a league match at the Calabash since the beginning of the 2012/13 season.
Baxter added that he's expecting his senior players to rise to the occassion, because the outcome of the Derby is unpredictable.
"We hope so. I have played Derbies all over the world and in every derby I have been involved in, it's never usually what everybody speculate about. It's usually, on the day, the big players performing, and if they don't the team needs get into the right frame of mind, get the momentum and then win the game.
"I think that's going to be the case like it has been in the Pirates' Derbies before," concluded Baxter.
Meanwhile, Itumeleng Khune has been ruled out of the Soweto Derby due to an ankle injury. The Chiefs skipper is expected to be out for the next three weeks.