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Orlando Pirates coach Micho downplays second spot

Posted: 5 February 2018 Time: 12:30

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic says the club is paying little attention to being second on the log heading into the final third of the season.

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Pirates returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Maritzburg United on Saturday courtesy of goals from Thabiso Kutumela and Happy Jele at Orlando Stadium.

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However, 'Micho' insists there is still plenty room for improvement at Bucs, who failed to finish in the top eight for the first time in PSL history last term under the watch of Muhsin Ertugral, Augusto Palacios and Kjell Jonevret.

"When you coach Pirates you must always have the highest possible ambition. We have started this season in one way that someone can regard as abnormal," said Micho.

"Why? We had a disaster of a season last year and then, instead of just going and collecting results and keeping tight, we have gone for the game model with performances that will suit our tradition and style of life at the club. Also to get results and going into the process of developing the team.

"We asked ourselves can it be better, of course it can be better. Sometimes in football you go a step forward and then backwards. It is important that you progress.”

The Serbian maintains the Buccaneers are still not satisfied despite the reversal in their fortunes.

"We have improved but still we are not satisfied. We are hungry, we want more. But what we are doing, there is no button where you press it and things are looking good.

"We really need to insist and do the things that are making you developing instead of chopping.

"We are doing everything possible us as technical team to return where we are supposed to be. We believe that if things went the way we wanted, those nine draws that we have, at least seven of them were supposed to be wins and we would be talking a different story - we would be runaway leaders.

"We are not bothered where we are in the table. It is nice to see that we are there but we are not looking at that. We are looking at a block of matches. This previous block from 15 to 20 matches we picked up the 10 points and this is is what we are looking at, and we are succeeding to achieve what we wanted.

"The block of the next five matches, we are looking to pick up as many [points] as possible. We have Chippa United, Kaizer Chiefs, Golden Arrows and Bloemfontein Celtic.

"If you look at that, we are more focused on the process than where we are. Final day of the season will answer us how good we have been throughout the season."

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Article by: Rofhiwa Lihaiwa
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