Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic refuses to complain over PSL fixture congestion
Posted: 13 August 2018 Time: 20:30
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has refused to raise any discontent over his side's congested start to the 2018/19 season.
Pirates, along with Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs, have faced the toughest opening 10 days of the new season as they both prepare to go into their fourth game this week.
While Kaizer Chiefs take on Baroka on Tuesday evening, The Buccaneers will have to entertain early front-runners Bidvest Wits as the focus turns back to the Absa Premiership.
The quick turnaround between fixtures is due to both sides' anticipated participation in the continental club competitions, which are set to kick off four months earlier as the CAF calendar looks to align with that of UEFA next season.
Despite the early strain it puts his side under, Sredojevic has refused to join in on the age-old debate on whether the League could have done a better job in scheduling their games, as he focuses instead on modern methods of readying his charges for battle.
“I would not like to join and complain about the fixtures because I think, having just come from pre-season, all of us are still hungry for football,” said 'Micho'.
“We have our squad and pool of players that are meant to answer to that [challenge], and we have our training methodologies on how to provide recovery in whatever way necessary.
“And, with that in mind, we need to accept that the season is the way it is, so we need to adjust to that and we shall give our best from that point.
“I would not go to the direction of complaining of anything. We need to accept that this is the way it is. We shall answer properly and we look forward to the matches ahead of us.”
Pirates are currently on four points from their opening two league matches, and remain one of only five teams to have maintained an unbeaten record thus far.
Following their recent MTN8 quarter-final defeat, however, they will be eager to bounce back from their cup disappointment as they work towards ending their four-year trophy drought.