Giovanni Solinas: Orlando Pirates weren't dominant against Kaizer Chiefs

Chiefs have not beaten Pirates in the Soweto Derby since December 2014, but Solinas was pleased with the way his team played on the day

Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas has brushed aside perceptions that the Soweto Derby was too big for him. 

The Italian mentor was unable to help Amakhosi beat Orlando Pirates this past weekend, and he refused to agree that he was overwhelmed by the expectations.  

“I don’t know about this [first Derby], but, for example, I participated in the derby in Free State – against Bloemfontein. I participated in two derbies and won two derbies,” Solinas told the media.

“You can check, please. Free State Stars versus Celtic – 1-0, and also in the second derby we won the derby. Guys, a derby is a derby. It’s a special game," he said. 

“We lost this Derby, but Pirates was not dominating the Derby. Yes, Pirates scored two goals, they exploited the situation and details but the performance of my team in the second half was okay,” said the Italian coach. 

The 50-year-old admitted that his team needed to improve even though he is satisfied with the amount of work the players put in at the training grounds. 

“Yes, we need to improve. Also, as the coaches we need to improve. But we work hard for Kaizer Chiefs, we are not sleeping,” added Solinas.

“Every day we work hard to try and rectify our mistakes and try to improve, and to put Kaizer Chiefs in the position that the club deserves. I am sure that with time, and in the future, Kaizer Chiefs will get there,” said Solinas. 

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Amakhosi slipped to position seven on the PSL log with 14 points from 11 league games. 

Solinas added that the league title race was far from over, saying that winning their next two games could see them return to where they deserve to be. 

Chiefs have not beaten Pirates in the Soweto Derby since December 2014, but Solinas isn't worried about the past results as he aims to help the club win its first piece of silverware since 2015.