Bartman expects tight battle
Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs back-up goalkeeper Arthur Bartman believes this
year's PSL title race will go "down to the wire" as no fewer than four
teams remain firmly in the hunt.
Amakhosi are amongst the teams chasing Mamelodi Sundowns at the
top of the standings, with just five points separating the Brazilians
and fourth-place, which Chiefs currently occupy.
Sundowns, Orlando Pirates and Moroka Swallows, first, second and
third respectively, all have eight matches left in the campaign, while
the Glamour Boys have an extra game in hand. And Bartman is convinced
the race for Premiership glory will go down to the final round of
fixtures, just as it had last season.
"We are going all out for both cups. We lost out on the Telkom
Knockout, we lost out on the MTN8, and hopefully we can win these two to
make our supporters happy," Bartman said.
"The league is going to be really tough. I think its going to go
down to the wire, but we just take it one game at a time and try keep in
touch with the (league) leaders."
Next up for the Soweto giants is Tuesday's home PSL encounter
against Black Leopards, the team they thrashed 4-0 in the Nedbank Cup
last-16 at the weekend.
Bartman, who is set for a run of starts following Itumeleng
Khune's concussion, believes this time Lidoda Duvha will not roll over
as easily as they did on Saturday evening, but nevertheless remains
convinced of his side's chances in midweek.
"It's going to be a different ball game all together to the cup
match on Saturday, but we are going to go there with the same mentality,
and that is to win the game."