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Micho: Platinum surprised us

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has reflected on his side’s CAF Champions’ League performance on Friday and conceded that they were caught off guard by FC Platinum.

Pirates were on the verge of a shock exit from the group stage of the competition as they found themselves in a desperate fight for survival at 2-0 down at half-time.

However, the Buccaneers – for the third time in their last four matches – rallied to salvage a point from the encounter, and Micho conceded that his charges were stunned by the Zimbabweans’ tactics.

“Nobody in football is guaranteed [to win]. We were taught a lesson by Platinum, who, as we warned, are proud people and will come to play,” explained Micho of the side already mathematically eliminated from the tournament.

“In their previous four matches they had been outscored but not outplayed, and as such they came into this match looking at the fact that we needed to win and come all out.

“They surprised us with elements of high-pressing and so it was very hard to enter through the midfield. They also surprised us by beating our first line [of defence] very often in the first half, and that gave them space to counter-attack and score the two goals.”

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But the Serbian also insisted that their shortfalls in the first stanza was not football-related but mental, and a pep-talk as well as the two substitutes were crucial to their fight-back.

But the Serbian also insisted that their shortfalls in the first stanza was not football-related but mental, and a pep-talk as well as the two substitutes were crucial to their fight-back.

“At half-time, the problem [to address] was more mental than football. It was needed from our technical team to push the players out of their comfort zone and convince them that a comeback is possible,” he added.

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