The Soweto giants are in Tshwane to face unbeaten Masandawana and the Amakhosi tactician is conscious of the problem awaiting them
Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt feels final week’s residence defeat by Cape City Metropolis has “put added strain” on their journey to Loftus Versfeld for Sunday’s Premier Soccer League confrontation in opposition to Mamelodi Sundowns.
Chiefs had been in the course of having fun with an eight-game unbeaten run throughout all competitions when Cape City Metropolis beat them 2-1 at FNB Stadium on Wednesday.
It was a outcome which additional sophisticated Amakhosi’s top-eight bid and Hunt feels it additionally added extra weight on their shoulders forward of dealing with a “formidable” Sundowns facet whose pedigree is underlined by not tasting defeat in 21 league video games this season.
“They’re a really formidable facet. They invested closely into their facet,” Hunt informed the Chiefs website.
“They’ve an excellent squad of gamers and good coaches. The blokes have been round and are very skilled. Clearly, they’ve an enormous arsenal of gamers.
“We’re below no illusions, we’re away from residence so it’s going to be an enormous ask from us, however we’re match and able to do our greatest.
“With the video games coming so thick and quick in every week, it’s not simple once you play groups resembling Sundowns and Cape City Metropolis. Even with the derbies after we performed Pirates earlier, the video games had been tight.
“We solely get a few days for preparation and we go once more. We’re wanting ahead to the sport although. Clearly, we had a disappointing outcome the opposite night time which places added strain on this sport.”
In opposition to Cape City Metropolis, Hunt began the identical line-up which did responsibility within the previous match in opposition to Baroka FC which ended 1-1.
Regardless of failing to win of their final two video games, the Amakhosi tactician doesn’t intend to tamper a lot along with his squad.
“We are able to’t actually juggle gamers a lot – we’ve received a superb core of gamers,” continued Hunt.
“Everybody has to have a bit extra perception. Upfront now we have 4 attackers so there’s not a lot we are able to juggle round with.
“We have now given ourselves a mountain to climb within the final sport by going a objective down. And in different video games now we have been a objective up and let it slip. We have to get higher over 90 minutes.”
The reverse fixture between the Gauteng giants noticed Sundowns profitable 3-0 at FNB Stadium with Themba Zwane, Peter Shalulile and Kermit Erasmus on course for the guests.
That was the primary time this season the Chiefs defence was brutally uncovered, a division Hunt has usually expressed his fear about.
“Little question, we have to defend higher and take our probabilities. My outdated adage is defences win leagues and strikers win video games. We have now not defended correctly this 12 months,” Hunt added.
“We work on fixing our defensive chinks on a regular basis. We simply must preserve driving away, enhance our focus and preserve engaged on the coaching floor to make sure the entire crew is ready.”
Issues in defence have seen Hunt tinkering along with his back-five frequently, the place he has transformed Ramahlwe Mphahlele right into a centre-back, a place Anthony Akumu now additionally performs in after being signed as a defensive midfielder.
At one time Daniel Cardoso was additionally moved from central defence right into a defensive link-man however has since returned to the center of the defence, whereas goalkeepers Itumeleng Khune and Daniel Akpeyi have each been inconsistent.