Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro surprised by technicality of PSL


The Buccaneers were made to work hard for a share of the points away to Stellenbosch FC on Wednesday after being held to a 1-1 draw by the Cape Winelands-based side at the Danie Craven Stadium.

Following the match, Pirates coach Jose Riveiro admitted that he was surprised by the technical quality of the league after experiences his first two matches in South African football.

"I have said many times that the technical level of the players is super good," Riveiro told the media. "I am still very, very surprised and I think that I will still be more surprised little by little because the rhythm of the games is going to increase.

"I can attest today that the level of the coaches is also good, so it's a very challenging league for all of us. I think the games are equal, I know a couple of the day's other results and you can see that there is no easy games for anyone."

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Riveiro was also effusive of his praise for his opponents on the night who he believed were the better team during the first half, but shared his view that a draw was ultimately a fair result.

"It was very tough," the Spaniard added. "I have to say that we were very surprised about Stellenbosch's rhythm in the first minutes. We didn't find ways to get rid of their pressing.

"Whatever comes into my mind now will sound like an excuse, but the fact is that they were much better than us in the first period. The game is like this, we went into half-time with an advantage and we didn't deserve that advantage at all.

"They did a fantastic job in the first half but we corrected the situation in the second half and I think the game was much better in the beginning of the second period.

"Then in probably our best moment in the game, they scored their goal to equalise, so in the end, even though both teams had chances due to the craziness on the pitch, I think the result is fair. Both teams deserved to get something today."