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Daniels wary of Qalinge and Co

Posted: 4 December 2017 Time: 17:30

SuperSport United defender Clayton Daniels says Orlando Pirates play with more structure compared to last season when they beat them 6-1 and 4-1 in the Premiership and Nedbank Cup final.

Daniels therefore expects test when Matsatsantsa meet Milutin Sredojevic's charges in a league match at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday.

"Pirates have changed a little bit under the new coach and the technical staff," Daniels said.

"You can see the difference, there is a little bit of structure in the team. They have just been unfortunate not to pick up the results they wanted. I think they are a good team and it is going to be a real tough game for us. It is always a good game playing against Pirates."

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Daniels feels Pirates' defence has tightened up under 'Micho', who replaced Swedish tactician Kjell Jonevret in the off-season at Mayfair.

"When we played them in the past they were a bit thin defensively so we beat them quite nicely. But this time around like I said, with new technical stuff they are a bit more organised and more structured.

"They also have good attacking players that have really found their form like Thabo Qalinge and it is going to be a difficult game. They look organised and well structured and it's a dangerous team.

"We need to be very cautious on our defensive display and make sure that we capitalise on their mistakes."

Daniels confirmed he was rested for his side's recent 1-0 victory over struggling Ajax Cape Town in anticipation of the trip to Soweto.

"The coach said he will rest me for the Ajax game. I have been playing a lot of matches with travelling a lot with the club and Bafana Bafana.

"He said I must take a rest and I must come back fresh for the next game."

Matsatsantsa are 10th on the table with 13 points from six games - five points behind the Buccaneers, who have played six more matches.

Article by: Rofhiwa Lihaiwa

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