Giovanni Solinas, coach of Kaiser Chiefs during the MTN8 Kaizer Chiefs media day at Naturena, Johannesburg on 09 August 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Saturday Aug 11, 2018. 12:00
Ahead of their MTN8 quarterfinal against Free State Stars this evening, Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas is hoping to see his team improve their finishing.
The Amakhosi come into the cup match on the back of a disappointing 3-1 home loss at the hands of Bidvest Wits in an Absa Premiership clash in midweek.
The result continued a slow start to the season for the Soweto giants, who drew 1-1 against Mamelodi Sundowns in their league opener last weekend.
As he comes up against a former employer, Solinas is urging his players to put in an improved showing and earn a place in the semifinals.
"We analysed the defeat against Wits. We watched the game and we made a lot of mistakes when we conceded those three goals," said the Italian.
"But if I analyse the stats, the game we had 75 percent possession of the ball. We dominated the game and had the ball. But we didn't convert this big possession to chances to score goals.
"We need to play more forward and we need to play more around the opponent's box. We also need to improve in our finishing because we created chances against Wits and we didn't convert."
Solinas expects a tough assignment against the Nedbank Cup champions this weekend.
"I have a good relationship with Free State Stars also when we played them in the Maize Cup I greeted everyone.
"It will be a tough game because they are a good team, strong physically and fighting, good players.
"In the last two seasons the league has increased and every game is tough and every game needs good preparation," he concluded.