Mon. May 20th, 2019

Orlando Pirates treating Cape Town City clash as a cup final

Orlando PiratesOrlando Pirates have their fate in their own hands but cannot afford anything but a win when they visit Cape Town this weekend.

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Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic says that his team will approach Saturday’s PSL clash with Cape Town City as a cup final.

Pirates have their title fate in their own hands even if title rivals Sundowns win both of their remaining fixtures.

Sredojevic is wary of the threat posed by Cape Town City and their coach Benni McCarthy whose intelligence was lauded by the Pirates boss.

“We need to be very careful than before. We are going to face a team that is sitting pretty well on the log table,” Sredojevic told Isolezwe on Tuesday.

“They are a good team that is well coached by McCarthy who has an amazing intelligence.

“On top of that, he has players of top quality. So, it’s never been easy going to Cape Town, we all know we are facing a very strong team. I take this game as a final before the game against Polokwane City at home.”

The Pirates coach has bemoaned his team’s ability to finish sides off this season which he has put down to nervousness in front of goal. Pirates have however, won all four of their fixtures since their April Fool’s day draw with Sundowns and unlike their rivals only have the league to focus on.

“Sometimes the pressure of fighting for the title distracts the players. When it enters their minds, they fail to remain composed and fail to control their legs to do the right things,” he continued.

“We create plenty of chances, but we do not convert them. That must change because it would come back to bite us – this is caused by the pressure because we are challenging for the title.”

Sundowns beat Black Leopards 2-1 in Polokwane to ramp up the pressure on Pirates ahead of their penultimate PSL game of the season against Cape Town City over the weekend.

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