The Amakhosi mentor was relieved that his players did not throw in the towel after conceding two early goals in the cup match with the Brazilians.
Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter was pleased with the character of his team against Mamelodi Sundowns in a 2-1 defeat at MTN8 with penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw at Lucas Moripe Stadium.
Downs looked high in the first 30 minutes of the match and were 2-0 ahead after 23 minutes after goals from Peter Shalulile and Themba Zwane.
There was also a concussion shortly afterwards when Lyle Lakay hit a pile driver in the post.
“It’s a strong group, just like the two of us are against the champions in a game where it’s very easy to jump in, and it’s very easy for players to lose their faith,” Baxter said. SuperSport TV after the match.
“But we came back, we were back to 2-2 and it could have gone anyway.”
While the Briton was under the impression from his side, he concedes that his players were the second best for much of the first half.
“At the start of the match we were over. “Sundowns took over the order with good possession,” Baxter admitted.
‘The timing of our press was wrong, the positional game behind was wrong.
‘But I felt that we gradually started to play a little better, found a little rhythm, but then came the second [Sundowns] purpose. “
However, the Chiefs tactician found positive from the last 75 minutes of the game – the second half, as well as extra time.
“At halftime I thought we could make a fist. And the boys did, we played a much better second half, the balance of the team was better, the defense was a little stronger,” Baxter explained.
‘And against that background, our attacking play, yes, transitions on which we were sharp, but I also thought some of our longer attacks [were good], such as those with Phathutshedzo Nange [whose shot was well saved by Kennedy Mweene].
“Penalties are what they are. I think Sundowns kept their nerves better than us, and I wish them all the best in the semi-finals.”