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Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas: Mamelodi Sundowns are the best team in South Africa

15:16 GMT+4 06/08/2018
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The Amakhosi mentor has praised the Tshwane giants following his side's 1-1 draw on Saturday

Kaizer Chiefs may have held Mamelodi Sundowns to a 1-1 draw, but this has not stopped coach Giovanni Solinas from lavishing praise on the defending Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions.

Amakhosi were forced to dig deep and took the lead through Ramahlwe Mphahlele, before Ricardo Nascimento drew Sundowns level from the penalty spot.

It was Solinas’ first taste of Chiefs action from the bench as he he only recently received his work permit, and Solinas heaped praise on the opposition.

“Sundowns are the best team in South Africa. In the last three championships they won two. That means they are a stronger team and Pitso Mosimane is a fantastic coach. They have quality players and they won the Champions League,” Solinas was quoted as saying by Phakaaathi.

The Brazilians have certainly dominated SA football in recent times and Solinas went on to compare them to the likes of football giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.

“This means they start a process and prepare the team to win and now Sundowns are a winner team. When you play against Sundowns it is a tough game, a lot of teams lose to Sundowns because Sundowns are like Real Madrid or Barcelona,” the Italian-born tactician added.

“For me it is normal to compare Sundowns to Real Madrid because they are a big club on the continent, the same with Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United,” he continued.

Meanwhile, taking over at the helm of one of South Africa’s biggest clubs there is a lot of pressure to win trophies, but Solinas admits that success takes time.  

“The expectations in the bigger club are very high but sometimes a big club stays in a period of transition and doesn’t win trophies because you need time in football. In football you need the time to prepare and you need that process,” Solinas concluded.