Home matches key: Palacios

2012-08-08 14:33
Augusto Palacios (Gallo)

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates' coach Augusto Palacios believes the key to retaining their Premiership crown lies in their winning all their home matches this season.

The Buccaneers, who are two-time successive league winners, aim to be the third side to win three championships in a row after Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United.

"That is the message we discussed with the players this morning; we had a meeting before training," Palacios said on Wednesday.

"We have to win all of our home games for us to challenge the league.

"We need to have a winning mentality. This is what we will be taking seriously."

All pressure is on Pirates, having lifted six of the eight domestic trophies on offer in the past 24 months.

The side's finishing remains a concern ahead of their Premiership opening encounter against Golden Arrows, at Orlando Stadium on Friday evening.

It took a controversial late penalty to ensure they progressed to the MTN8 semi-finals, beating Bloemfontein Celtic, at the weekend.

"The finishing was a problem because we needed to be cool in the box," said Palacios.

"There are some mistakes that we need to correct. We still created chances. Their goalkeeper had to make three saves in the second half."

The Pirates side boasts a formidable squad, arguably the best in the country.

Palacios was quick to shoot down talk of employing a rotation policy to keep every player happy during the season.

"We have a squad of 31 players, and I'm not thinking about the cup competitions [later in the season]," he said.

"If we are going to make changes, it would be two or three players, but [this would] still maintain the balance of the team.

"It is impossible to have two separate teams for cup and [league] competition."

Read more on:    orlando pirates  |  psl  |  augusto palacios  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

26 October 2016
Ajax Cape Town v Wits, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
28 October 2016
Maritzburg United v Golden Arrows, Harry Gwala Stadium 20:00
Chippa United v Platinum Stars, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 20:00
29 October 2016
Orlando Pirates v Kaizer Chiefs, FNB Stadium 15:30
Ajax Cape Town v SuperSport United, Cape Town Stadium 20:15
Bloemfontein Celtic v Wits, Dr. Molemela Stadium 20:15
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

When all is said and done in the 2015/16 Absa Premiership season, who will be crowned champions of South Africa?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.