Orlando Pirates coach Micho says Platinum Stars are wounded lions
Posted: 26 January 2018 Time: 15:30
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic says Platinum Stars are "wounded lions" that don't belong at the foot of the Premiership table.
Sixth-placed Pirates will visit Dikwena at Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Saturday (15h30) looking to close the seven-point advantage Mamelodi Sundowns enjoy over them at the summit.
The teams have drawn six of their last eight league meetings, having played to a 1-1 scoreline in the reverse fixture in Soweto in October.
'Micho', whose men drew 1-1 with Polokwane City last time out, expects another tight affair against the relegation-threatened outfit in Phokeng.
"Look, it’s clear to see from the looks of the current league that there are no easy games," he told his club's website.
"Platinum Stars is a tough team, our focus turned to them as soon as we were finished with the Polokwane City match and we having been working hard in planning and keeping our players focused on getting three points on Saturday.
"Like I said earlier there are no easy games in the league this season. Every team is in touching distance of the team above them so there is no time to relax because one game you are in the top eight and next thing you are out.
"Platinum Stars are wounded lions, a team of that quality does not deserve to be on the bottom of the table. Often matches that one is expected to win are always the hardest.
"It is a known fact that teams play their best football when playing against the likes of Orlando Pirates and therefore their current form will not be a factor. We are rather making preparations like we would for any other game. We expect a tough encounter from a tough opponent and that is our approach to this match," concluded the Serbian.