Absa Premiership

Pirates coach: These things take time

2020-01-05 10:57
Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer.

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer admits there are plenty of things he needs to work on but cautioned it will take time after their 1-1 draw with Bloemfontein Celtic.

Zinnbauer has now won one and drawn one since taking the reins at the Buccanneers. After the 3-1 victory over Leopards, Pirates took the lead against Celtic via Gabadinho Mhango in the opening 15 minutes.

However, Zinnbauer's troops were pegged back by Siphelele Luthuli in the 81st minute and had to settle for a share of spoils in the end.

The German mentor was happy with his side's first-half display but bemoaned the manner in which his players took their foot off the gas in the second half, suggesting they might have been suffering from complacency.

"I think the first-half was good, we had the combination that we make in the training session, we can see this but the second-half was not so good for us," Zinnbauer told SuperSport TV.

"I think we had the control of the game yet the opponent is coming, they make always a little more than me [us], maybe we thought in the first-half it was too easy for us and then you don't come back with the confidence and say, 'OK, it's easy' but it's not easy."

The German tactician added that it will take time for him to stamp his influence on the team.

"You see it was a very good second-half from the opponent but we'll work, it's a process and we'll come back and be better. It's a process, we had a little more than two weeks, we work together and we see many things making the sessions but for me it's not 100 percent. We'll have time, we have to work and improve the team," added Zinnbauer.

- TEAMTalk


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