Micho continues to play it cool

Posted: 19 March 2018 Time: 10:00

Orlando Pirates coach Micho Sredojevic says they will only start talking about the Absa Premiership title in the final stages of the season.

For now, the Serbian coach continues to play down his side’s chances of winning the coveted prize, to ensure that his players are not under pressure.

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Second-placed Pirates closed the gap at the summit to just one point after their 2-1 victory over Golden Arrows at Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday, but leaders Mamelodi Sundowns have a game in hand as they were involved in CAF Champions League football over the weekend.

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Pirates went into the game after they were knocked out of the Nedbank Cup by Cape Town City and were determined to register a victory. They showed guts to get a victory away from home, which could prove to be vital at the end of the season.

But with SuperSport United, Bidvest Wits, Cape Town City and Free State Stars coming up in the next few weeks, Micho does not want to get ahead of himself.

“We still do not think about that [the league title]. Our total focus [now] is on our match against Bloemfontein Celtic [on the 4th April at Orlando Stadium] and this is only what we are thinking now about,” Micho told reporters after the victory over Arrows, which was secured thanks to goals from Thembinkosi Lorch and Mthokozisi Dube.

“When the matches are [close to] finishing we shall think about it. Supersport United, Bidvest Wits, Cape Town City and Free State Stars [are teams Pirates still have to play against], we shall go match by match and slowly without any pressure.

Micho would rather have the pressure being on the technical team.

“Let it all the pressure be on us as the technical team. Let all the relaxation and any improvements football wise be on the side of the players.

“Let the football be the way of collecting the points and we shall see what happens at the end of the season.”

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Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala

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