Absa Premiership

Zinnbauer: Pirates not intimidated by Sundowns

2020-01-15 07:06
Josef Zinnbauer
Josef Zinnbauer (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer says his side fear no one ahead of the visit of Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday evening.

Pirates are winless in their last nine home fixtures against Sundowns and the home side has only won two of the previous 19 matches between the side.

Zinnbauer has two wins and a draw from his three games in charge thus far and was in the stands for Sundowns' 2-1 CAF Champions League victory over USM Alger to get some information on his opponents ahead of Wednesday's encounter.

It is a hugely important match for both of the top two sides of the last two years and one which could determine the destiny of the title race.

And the German tactician believes that while the Brazilians are the favourites, his side have the quality to hurt any one on their day.

"In this game the favourite is Sundowns. We have nothing to lose. And we will do everything to get the three points‚" Zinnbauer said.

"I was at their game on Saturday. They have‚ in all positions‚ top [players]. They can change‚ they get the next player in [off the bench] who is not that different form the player coming out.

"They are capable of big performances‚ they have played for the last few years together‚ they have had a coach there for six or seven years.

"They do this [clicks his fingers]‚ and then the player already know what he wants.

"That’s a good club. They have perfect performance. They have played good games in the last few weeks.

"It’s a fight. It’s very hard for us‚ this game. But we have a chance.

"In football you always have a chance. And it’s not that we say‚ 'Oh‚ Sundowns are coming'. No‚ we are Pirates.

"It’s not so easy for Sundowns. [Let them] come‚ please."


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