JOHANNESBURG – Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas says his playing style at Naturena will vary according to the strengths of his players.
The Italian mentor began his Amakhosi tenure on Saturday afternoon with a 1-1 draw away to reigning Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus – defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele grabbing the opener in the eighth minute before centreback Ricardo Nascimento leveled matters via the penalty spot later in the first half.
Solinas had gone with a flat back four, packed the midfield with the same number of players and deployed two strikers as opposed to his preferred 3-5-2 formation, which was also used by his predecessor Steve Komphela.
But asked whether he’d figured out how he wants Chiefs to play, Solinas said it would depend on the opponent and the “characteristics of the players.”
He explained: “We are going to play different to my time at Free State Stars because when I was there we had a team that was fit for a certain type of formation. In my opinion the players in the Chiefs squad can play different, so we need to adapt that formation to the characteristics of the players – they are very important.”