Micho relishing Chippa ‘boxing’ bout

Pirates will visit The Chilli Boys at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium tonight, looking to pick up their first win of the 2018/19 season.

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Having come from a dreary 1-1 draw with Absa Premiership returnees Highland Park over the weekend, ‘Micho’ is relishing a totally different approach from the opposition this evening and feels it will be easier for his side to play a more exciting brand of football.

“Yes, I must admit, they [Highlands and Chippa] are two totally different types of teams in mindsets and approaches,” said Sredojevic.

“Believe me, this percentage football with long passes and set-pieces, with every throw-in entering your box and whatever, is something not suiting to us because we have a different approach – we want the ball on the ground and we want to play that football.

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“Personally, I believe, and hopefully the players share this feeling, it’s much easier to play with a team that wants to play football, that wants to pass the ball on the ground. And when it’s like that, whoever will come to Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium will enjoy good football.

“It will be also easier for us because, believe me, there are two things in this game of football – one is easy and one is hard. Easy is to defend, play long passes and play on counter-attack. 

“Hard is to build up, play against a reinforced defence, trying to penetrate and score against numbers behind the ball and then closing the counter-attacks. So, we believe it will be an open game against Chippa United, we know the mindset of the coach and their game model.”

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The Serb has likened tonight’s bout with Dan ‘Dance’ Malesela’s outfit to that of two boxers going toe-to-toe rather than one shying away from attacking the opponent, but admits the weekend’s outing prepared them better for what’s to come against Chippa.

“We believe it shall be a game where two boxers will not be hiding and having their guards up, but rather two boxers punching each other, allowing football to be the winner and letting us enjoy good football,” he added.

“This is what I expect personally, but what will happen we shall see. But, I need to say that Highlands is a very hard, physical match against a team with a specific approach. We went through this, learnt lessons and we’re looking stronger and better to approach the match on Wednesday. 

“We will also be looking at certain points, assessing the medical situation of the team – the aspect of tiredness, possibility of rotating not more than three players, and other relative issues.”

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