Stuart Baxter laments need to rotate SuperSport


Stuart Baxter says he will begrudgingly rotate his SuperSport United squad as they look to deal with “an unbelievable schedule”.

Matsatsantsa host Al-Ahly Shendi in the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup round-one encounter on Sunday, five days after they were held by Orlando Pirates in the Absa Premiership.

SuperSport then follow up this weekend’s clash with a Nedbank Cup last-32 matchup against Royal Eagles next week, before contesting the second-leg of their continental campaign in Sudan on March 18.

And, with United also challenging for league honours, Baxter knows he will need to maintain the fitness of his players, although the Brit believes that approach can also negatively effect their aspirations this season.

“[People] talk about rotating the squad, about prioritising tournaments, neither of which I’m a big fan of. [If] you rotate your squad, you rotate your consistency and [the players] don’t get that understanding together,” the coach told KickOff.com.

“{If] you change your centre-backs then there’s confusion in the middle [of the defence]. [If] you change your two strikers and they don’t get that telepathic understanding of ‘where is he, what sort of balls does he like’.

“I don’t like it, but you have to do it [rotate players]. We’re in such an unbelievable schedule that the same players can’t run the game out. So we will try and do that [rotate the squad] to the best of our ability and stay competitive.”

Baxter preferred not to prioritise one tournament over the other, and admitted a focus on any one competition would only come into play should they make a deep run in either the CAF Confederations Cup or the Nedbank Cup.

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