Baxter said after the loss that the fact that they had won their arbitration against the PSL over the two December fixtures they couldn’t keep may have influenced their performance versus Arrows.
Chiefs would have had a chance to cut Mamelodi Sundowns’ lead to 13 points if they had defeated Cape Town City, Golden Arrows, and the Brazilians themselves if they had won their game against Arrows.
And Baxter admitted after the game against Arrows that Chiefs had aimed to put the pressure on Sundowns by winning as many games as possible to stay in the title race.
His disappointment all but confirmed that he has given up on catching Sundowns who are 16 points clear of Chiefs – saying the defending champions can now relax in their games knowing that chances of them being caught are minimal.
WHAT BAXTER SAID ABOUT KAIZER CHIEFS AND THE TITLE RACE
“Maybe it has some sort of effect, it’s difficult to know. You’d like to think the group of players you’re working with can adapt to different situations,” Baxter told the media.
“To find out, yes, we’re getting the games to play, we’re getting the fair crack of the whip there; (we should have) let that reflect in our desire to take three points tonight. Yes, there was speculation based on it with those two games, there’s a potential six points.
“And with the game against Sundowns, there’s a potential three points we can take there but the sensible person knows that’s a possibility, not a probability and we had to do our job [against Arrows) and every other game to keep the pressure on Sundowns,” he continued.
“That pressure is minimal, and now, I think they (Sundowns) can almost relax in their games. We wanted it to be the opposite for them going into their games with the hype and worry that if they slip up then someone would be there to take advantage of it. Now, that’s not the case.”
“You don’t know if that’s the case tonight but I would like to think we’re strong enough to get through that,” concluded Baxter.