Milutin Sredojevic downplays Orlando Pirates' lead over Mamelodi Sundowns


Pirates took a leap closer to the title when they beat Black Leopards 2-0 on Wednesday night at Orlando Stadium to open up a three-point lead over defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns, who now have two games in hands.

However, games in hand mean very little compared to having the points, and Sundowns will be under pressure not to slip up when they do return to domestic action next week.

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But Sredojevic has insisted they are not getting carried away by the gap they have opened up at the summit of the table, and insists their focus remains on the remaining games.

“We are still playing some games, there is nothing yet to think about. We really don’t look at the table, we’re focussed on the game in front of us,” said Micho.

“It is nice that the table is the way it is and it’s nice to see yourself there [at the top] – it gives you confidence. 

“But I will just say, if the game against Bidvest Wits was the document written and today’s signature has been put, it’s very important on Saturday for us to put the stamp. So, what I was speaking about – the three doors of hell to open doors of heaven, are closer.

“We have no right to look at calculations and mathematics, we know only one mathematics – every single match ahead of us, there are four to go, we need to go into them with the intention to win.”

The Serbian tactician believes the experience of players such as Happy Jele, Mpho Makola and Thabo Matlaba, who have won things with the club prior to their five-year drought, will come in handy while the hunger of the rest of the team spurs them on to doing well in their remaining fixtures.

“Our confidence comes from the fact that we have players that are fully focussed, concentrated and four or five of them have won something in a Pirates jersey [before] because they are long-term players,” he added.

“But so many of them have not won anything, therefore the motivation is sky-rocketing and everyone wants to give their best – players playing, coming [in as substitutes], on the bench.

“We have the correct atmosphere to now push us to focus on the next game, for which there is very limited time [to prepare].

“And, without thinking about the table, because we cannot influence what will happen with our opponents, but we have a chance to still fight for 12 points – we’re on 47, maximum is 59, so how far we shall go, we’ll see. The most important is our next match – it’s a cup final."

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