Micho admits goal difference concern

Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has conceded that their goal difference is one of their “critical aspects” to look into in their remaining two matches.

Pirates currently enjoy the safety of a three-point gap over defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the Absa Premiership title race, which looks likely to go down to the final day.

Sundowns have matched The Buccaneers in nearly every aspect this season, prior to the Soweto side’s recent 1-0 win away to Maritzburg United in midweek, which is admirable given they have been heavily involved in CAF Champions' League action throughout.

Downs would have passed through 50 games in all competitions by the time their final whistle blows in their continental semi-final clash with Wydad Casablanca this evening.

But on the domestic front, they have managed the same number of losses and draws as the league leaders, who have one more victory only due to having played one extra match.

One area in which Pirates hold a slender advantage over the Tshwane giants is their goal difference, albeit that just five goals separate the two sides, and Sredojevic is wary of the threat of the title possibly being decided thereby.

“This [goal difference] is exactly where our critical aspects need to go,” said Micho.

“We have no right to allow our players to fly in the sky – when it’s good and you win three points, we are firmly on the ground; when it’s bad, you do not give up – this is how we have passed through the season.

“All 53 points have really deeply [been accumulated], through the sweat, blood and tears of the team, the work of the players, technical team, management and support of the supporters.”

Looking at the two sides’ respective run-ins, many would argue that Sundowns have the easier of the two, with fixtures against Black Leopards (away), Golden Arrows (home) and Free State Stars (away).

Meanwhile, Pirates still face a tough trip to Cape Town City – whom they have beaten only once in six attempts since the club’s reformation in 2016 – before hosting Polokwane City in their final clash on May 18.