Riveiro: It's Not True Pirates Players Don't Care When We Lose

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro during the Carling Black Label Cup.
Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro during the Carling Black Label Cup.

Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro has revealed how his life and that of his players are affected when they lose matches. 

Pirates re-opened their season on a bad patch after losing back-to-back league matches against Mamelodi Sundowns and Cape Town City. 

What made matters worse was the fact that they had also closed off their league campaign before the FIFA World Cup break with defeat against Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto Derby.  

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However, the Buccaneers turned things around after thrashing Golden Arrows 3-1 over the weekend after getting two stoppage time goals to break the 1-1 tie. 

Riveiro says the players know the responsibility of playing for the Soweto giants and did not question their competitiveness during their losing run. 

"They know who they are, they know where they are playing and we all know we need to do our best because there's a lot of eyes following us, monitoring us," Riveiro told reporters in a press conference. 

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"So we're in a team that cannot have a break. If we speak about performance, they are good competitors. One of the things we do during the week in almost every exercise, in every scenario, is compete. 

"And they like to win during the week and usually, in general, everyone who is behind me in this room (players in the change room), they are very competitive," he said.  

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The Spanish mentor went on to reveal that he hardly eats when he his team loses and his players have the same mentality, where they have sleepless nights. 

"When we don't win, they don't sleep. If I don't win I don't have dinner, I don't have sleep, I don't have breakfast, I have nothing you know, it's too much sometimes," he went on. 

"And for the players it's the same even though you can think they don't care, it's not true. They suffer and they know what it means to finish the game with three points or not. 

"They did what you suppose they have to do in these circumstances, go until the end and maybe have more braveness than hopes," he added.

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