Micho: Visible trophies coming soon

Premiership

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has assured the club’s supporters that “visible” trophies will soon be delivered by the team.

Pirates have been on a steady incline over the past two seasons under Sredojevic but have yet to bring an end to their ongoing five-year trophy drought, for which rival supporters have constantly poked fun at the club.

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The Buccaneers faithful, however, have since received reassurance from the Serbian tactician that they will soon have something tangible to celebrate.

“People could speak this or that, we will just say visible trophies are around the corner. Invisible trophies that we’ve succeeded in is that we lifted our criteria and standards of our team,” said Micho.

“Once those criteria and standards are achieved and we have reached the level that we want, in that moment even trophies and other things will come.

“So, instead of thinking about [the trophies], I will repeat that criteria and standards are something we are rushing to catch. We want to be the trophy-material team, which we are not far from.”

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Pirates opened their 2019/20 PSL campaign with a convincing 3-1 victory over Bloemfontein Celtic, sending a strong signal of intent to their local rivals, but Sredojevic insists they will not get carried away as they remain focussed on the road ahead.

“Speaking after the first [league] match about anything is unfair, we are just focussing now on entering an unbelievable set of matches starting with CAF Champions League away in Zambia, then SuperSport United and Highlands in the MTN 8,” he added.

“By the end of the month, we’re expecting to have played seven-plus matches – one every two or three days, so it is time to work.

“But, in the same moment, we have to also remember that matches every two or three days are so demanding, so how we recover and prepare is of crucial importance.”

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