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The former Bafana coach admits there’s pressure to win every game, but feels there’s no extra pressure to deliver the Telkom KO

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By Ernest Makhaya

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has told Goal that Polokwane City’s poor run since their promotion to the PSL will not affect his team’s preparation in any way.

AmaKhosi face the struggling Polokwane-based side in the Telkom Knockout Cup on Saturday, and Baxter describes this encounter as “important” for Chiefs.

“Their performance doesn’t really affect our ability to prepare properly. We should prepare properly for every game if it’s Polokwane City or Real Madrid. It’s an important game for us,” Baxter told Goal.

The PSL defending champions will be without their influential midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala due to injury, and Baxter admits that this is a massive blow as he always wants to field his best players at all times, but says he’s accepted that Shabba would not play.

“You always want your best players on the field. Shabba is one of our best players and I think he’s been doing very well. So, whenever there are injuries, it’s unfortunate, but it’s part of the game and one man’s meat is another man’s poison,” he said.

Baxter failed to take Chiefs to the final of the MTN 8 for the second successive season, losing to Pirates in the semi-finals, but he doesn’t think that he is now under immense pressure to win the Telkom Knockout Cup although he admits there’s pressure to win at all times.

“When you at a place like Kaizer Chiefs or Man United or Pirates or Glasgow Celtic there is pressure to win every tournament you enter.

“We enter the league, we enter the Telkom and the other cups, and there’s pressure to win. So, we want to compete and go as far as we can in every tournament.”

He added: “I will live with that pressure. So, I don’t feel any extra pressure for this one. That’s the attitude I have in every tournament.”

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