Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro doesn’t expect much change in Royal AM’s style of play in the second meeting of the season. The Buccaneers won their league game 1-0 against KwaZulu-Natal just over a week ago. The two sides will meet in the quarter-finals of the MTN-8 Cup on Saturday.
Both sides have made a good start to the league season. They both have three wins in six matches. But one of Pirates’ wins came against Royal AM just over a week ago.
The two meet again this weekend, but this time in the cup competition. Riveriro, who expressed his satisfaction with the team’s performance, does not expect anything different in the approach of the two teams. He says that the only difference will be in the scenario of the knockout competition.
“Although I’m sure we both learned some things we didn’t know before that game, we know a lot more about Royal AM as they know a lot more about Pirates, so those details will be covered on Saturday . I don’t think there will be a lot of difference in how both teams are going to approach the game,” says Riveiro.
In six league matches, the Soweto giants managed to find the back of the net just four times. But for now, this does not worry the Spanish teacher. Riveiro is more focused on creating chances for his team and was confident that the conversion rate will improve over time.
“I’m not that worried about the last pass into the net, it’s going to happen sooner or later, hopefully soon because we’ll be relaxed and not have a last-minute heart attack,” Rivera explains.
The Bucs coach also gave his opinion on the South African league, describing it as tough, which also makes it attractive.
“Still very impressed with the level of the players and the squads, the technical level of the players making the games fast at a high tempo. Uncertainty, any result is possible, I don’t see such simple games,” repeats Riveiro.
Going into a cup match, he wants his side to dominate possession and try to be as practical as possible in attack.
He expects his players to be quick and competitive at every stage of the game.