Bloemfontein Celtic coach Clinton Larsen says the team is getting better and that they will not lose to Kaizer Chiefs when they host them on Sunday in an Absa Premiership clash.
“I think we did well against Sundowns last night. We could have done better but at least we have our home record intact and we got a point. They are not the leaders for nothing and for us it showed we improved and we will continue to do so,” the former Manning Rangers midfielder said.
“Chiefs are another big test for us and just like Sundowns they have set the pace. Games don’t come any bigger and we are up for the challenge and have to show we belong up there with these pace setters.”
Celtic has 25 points in fifth place and is six points behind Sundowns and has four less than Chiefs. The team have not lost at home, Seisa Ramabodu, so far this season.
Larsen though says challenging for the league title is not a priority.
“We set a target of 25 points at the halfway mark and we have achieved that. We said that a top five finish is what we want and we can get that, we’re not going to change our goal and say we want the league title.”
“We may not be far behind the leaders but there are still 15 games to go and anything can happen. A win on Sunday and Chiefs will only be a point ahead but we don’t want to get in to talks of challenging for the league,”
“The players are gelling and they’re all confident and competitive, doing what is required of them. Our formula has worked thus far so let’s not change our plans,” he said, trying to underplay Celtic’s chances of gunning for the league.
“Chiefs and Golden Arrows are the clubs that play the best football (for me). Chiefs have quality players and a good coach, they getting the results and it will be a stern test for us, but we playing at home and we pride ourselves here so it’s not going to be easy for either side.”
Kickoff is at 3:30pm at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium and the game will be shown on SuperSport (SS4). – psl.co.za