Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas has admitted he gets bothered by selection battle, following concerns over his inconsistent team selections.
Solinas has been noted to often shuffle his starting line-ups since joining the star-studded Soweto giants.
“In the squad I have 32 players, and for me every game is difficult to make a decision to choose the [starting] line-up, to choose the players on the bench and who to leave out.”
The Italian tactician again made three changes to his line-up over the weekend as Amakhosi was condemned to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Polokwane City behind closed doors in Durban.
While many coaches have welcomed selection headaches, the Italian has surprisingly expressed his dislike of the situation.
“It’s a headache, and I don’t like this. For me it’s painful, because when you see the guys training and their fatigue, and afterwards you have to leave them out – that for me is painful,” Solinas said.
Noting the players’ efforts in training, the Italian stresses that he maintains a high level of respect for all his charges regardless of whether they are in the line-up or in the stands.
“We try to exploit the players. Everybody deserves to play, but the rules are eleven on the field and seven on the bench, so it depends on the games and also the situation,” explained Solinas.
“But, I trust my players. I am happy with the manner and approach of everybody in the training sessions. So, for me it’s difficult.”
“But, this is life; this is football. This is my job and I have to make the decision, so I make the decision. But I respect my players – those in the line-up and those in the stands. I respect everybody,” he concluded.