Absa Premiership

Micho explains Soweto derby tactics success

2018-03-05 13:02
Milutin Sredojevic (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin Sredojevic believes that switching Thembinkosi Lorch and Luvoyo Memela to dual numbers tens was what helped his side beat Kaizer Chiefs 3-1.

The Sea Robbers swept aside the Glamour Boys with a superb second-half display in which Memela bagged a brace. Earlier, Lorch had opened the scoring before Leonardo Castro equalised before heading down the tunnel at half-time at FNB Stadium on Saturday. 

As such, 'Micho' takes the view that tactical changes affected the outcome of the encounter.

"We believe that tactically it has been a clash of in the first half, 3-4-1-2, in the second-half we have introduced two number 10s with Memela and Lorch behind Justin Shonga and that we had two of them," he said.

"Lorch and Memela dropped to the middle so that we had no matter of Molangoane coming inside we had four-versus-four there and this is what brought the game in our favour. 

"They were forced to come out, we punished them where we believed (it was) risky, with Rama overlapping from the right side.

"The last two goals we have scored from there and I believe that it is a tightrope, you are either going to heaven or to hell.

"We exactly exposed where we planned to and I am happy that players applied themselves in the best possible way."

The result sees the Buccaneers move one place up to second position while Chiefs dropped to fifth on the log.


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