Zinnbauer responds to Pirates title talk


Orlando Pirates' unbeaten start to the 2020/21 season has many Buccaneers feeling optimistic, but coach Josef Zinnbauer refused to be drawn thereon.

Pirates have enjoyed a promising start to the new season, marching into their first MTN8 final since 2014 while stringing together a four-match unbeaten run in the DStv Premiership.

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Their latest result against SuperSport United saw them come from one goal down at half-time to win 2-1, which is believed to have been the first time Bucs have overturned a half-time deficit since 2014.  

"It's always important if you concede first that you come back into the game, so it was important for me to see the team coming back after conceding," Zinnbauer said after the match.

There is no doubt the German tactician has improved the club's fortunes since arriving in December last year, with their recent Soweto Derby double over Kaizer Chiefs showing just what they are capable of.

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A cup final is now on the horizon, while a two-point gap between themselves and log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns also suggests they may finally put on a strong challenge for the championship, but 'JZ' has refused to get carried away by their current form.

"It's a long season, for us we don't speak about the places [on the log] now, it's too early for us to be speaking about this," said Zinnbauer, when asked about their title prospects this season.

"What's important for me is that we have the next game against Baroka, and this is the focus now – that's the only [reference] point we have to work on."

Pirates next welcome a spirited Bakgaga outfit, who currently occupy fourth position on the log, to Orlando Stadium on Saturday (15h30).

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Can Zinnbauer join this list of foreign coaches who have won the PSL since 1996/97?