Absa Premiership

Solinas excited by Amakhosi attacking options

2018-09-13 11:18
Giovanni Solinas (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The prospect of a Kaizer Chiefs attack comprising Leonardo Castro, Khama Billiat, Lebogang Manyama and Dumisani Zuma is an appealing one to coach Giovanni Solinas.

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Castro, Billiat and Zuma have all hit the ground running this season and have been amongst the goals and assists.

Manyama meanwhile was signed a couple of weeks back and could be in line to make his Amakhosi debut this weekend when the Glamour Boys take on Cape Town City - his former team.

Solinas has revealed that the thought of a four-pronged attack excites him, although he does concede that this cannot be done at the expense of an exposed defence.

"In my opinion, when Lebo comes in, we can play with Castro, Billiat, Lebo and Zuma," he was quoted saying by KickOff.

"We want to play attacking football, so we must show attacking football. But, it might be a problem after the ball is lost hey, defensively.

"Yes, this is a challenge, but I like this challenge, I trust this challenge."

In order to field such an attacking line-up, the Italy-born coach says it will be imperative that the forward players also help out in defending.

"We need balance, we need to solve this as a collective. When you play a lot of attacking players, like strikers, we need the strikers to also participate in the defensive job," he said.

"Because if they don't participate, we have only six players to recover the ball. Sometimes it's okay, you can recover the ball with six players, sometimes not.

"Sometimes you need to drop and be a compact team, but I'm curious with this challenge. I'll wait, I am curious. I am confident.

"I am optimistic because in my opinion, Castro, Billiat, Lebo and Zuma can play together. Yes, the problem for us is the defensive job but when we have the ball the problem is also for the opposing team."


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