The Kaizer Chiefs back-four may currently be under some serious scrutiny, but coach Giovanni Solinas isn’t batting an eyelid.

 

Well, the Italian was a little irritated by the constant criticism of his defenders after they collapsed under pressure in the Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows.

 

Mario Booysen, signed by Chiefs just days before the close of the transfer window in August, was under much of the spotlight.

 

“Guys, please listen to me,” Solinas said to journalists after the weekend’s 2-1 defeat to their rivals.

 

“Me, I don’t change my defenders according to how Pirates or Wits or Sundowns play. I keep my defenders. I don’t know, but this is not a poor performance from our defenders.

 

“I don’t change my defenders by looking at the other teams. I believe in my defenders, not just those that played today, but those that were on the bench. and that is what makes me different from other coaches”

 

Solinas appears to have forgotten that he’s already admitted – at least once – this season that Amakhosi needed to work on their defensive transition.

 

At the time he made his comments, he’d not won a single Premier League game in five outings.

 

On average, Chiefs have conceded a goal in every match so far during the 2018-19 campaign, with Siyabonga Ngezana and Daniel Cardoso the most used central-defence pairing.