Chiefs missed out on an opportunity to go top of the table, albeit briefly, when they visited Highlands Park on Tuesday evening, but were pegged back by the reigning NFD champions.
A blunt attack saw Amakhosi register 10 shots at goal – only three of which were on target – throughout the 90 minutes, perhaps a sign of a bit of rust following the 10-day break due to the MTN8 final over the past weekend.
However, Solinas refused to blame the recess for his side’s subdued performance and insisted they used it to good effect as he continues to fine-tune his outfit, after missing the bulk of their pre-season.
“Sometimes it’s good when you’re winning that you continue to play. On the other hand, it’s much better when you have time to prepare for games, fix mistakes and try to improve the team,” said Solinas.
“It’s okay for us because we exploited the break to improve, and we used a specific drill for attacking. Now we focus on the next game, which is a difficult game for us because we play without our supporters.
“It’s a difficult game also because Polokwane City is a good team. So, we forget the [Highlands Park] game, it’s water under the bridge. We focus on the next one because it’s very important for Kaizer Chiefs.”
Currently in third position, with 14 points from nine games – and two points away from log leaders Bidvest Wits, the Italian is not concerned with how the table reads as he stresses the importance of taking it one game at a time and trying to win each one as it comes.
“At the moment I don’t see the log table because it’s too early now. We need to focus on our game, and take it game by game,” he stressed.
“We have to try and win every game, and thereafter we will see what our position is. But, I don’t see the table or the other teams. I’m focused only on my team.”