Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has taken a poke at Mamelodi Sundowns ahead of Wednesday’s crunch tie at Orlando Stadium.
The two giants will renew their rivalry when they meet in the Absa Premiership tomorrow evening (19h30), with all eyes on Pirates and their new coach.
Zinnbauer has thus far managed to stabilise the ship, having won two and drawn one of his opening three matches, but this is undoubtedly his toughest test yet.
“I was at their game on Saturday… The opposition [USM Alger] was top but I could see when they change [in a substitution], the next player is no different to the player that comes out,” the 49-year-old tactician noted.
“Their substitutes are very good and they have a big performance, they’ve played for the last few years together and they have a coach that is maybe six or seven years at the club.
“They make so [snaps fingers], and the players know what they want. It’s a good club and they make a perfect performance. They make good games in the last weeks.”
Despite noting their quality and pedigree, The German insisted that he is by no means intimidated at the prospect of facing the reigning league champions as he issued a subtle jibe.
“It’s going to be a fight that’s very hard for us, but we have a chance. In football, you always have a chance, and it’s not as if we say, ‘Ooh, Sundowns is coming’ – No! We are Pirates,” he argued.
“We have seven points [from three games], it’s not so easy for Sundowns. Come, please! We have nothing to lose with Sundowns coming. We are not the favourites in this game, it’s Sundowns.
“It’s not as if we’ll say, ‘Hey, come please, take the points, you can go home’ – No! We’ll fight for the three points."