Jose Riveiro Orlando Pirates

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Orlando Pirates boss Riveiro unfazed with failure to convert chances

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveriro is now addressing their failure to covert
chances but he remains adamant they can do better upfront

Jose Riveiro Orlando Pirates

Image by : (Jose Riveiro) @IdiskiTimes/Twitter

Just after bagging a 2-1 win over Cape Town City last weekend, Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro has reacted to their failure to convert chances if front of goal.

The Spaniard said they cannot raise their hopes and expect to secure a 5-0 win because games cannot be predicted; he said this as they looked to consolidate their second spot.

As things stand, the Buccaneers occupy the third spot with 46 points from 26 matches, and they will need to ensure they bag victories in their four remaining games to secure a spot in the CAF Champions League.

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Despite being pleased with his team, they are on a roll and seems to be on course for a strong finish to the 2022/23 campaign, Riveiro said he is not depressed or concerned with their failure to convert chances.

While the Soweto giants have a chance to return to continental football, in case they reach the Nedbank Cup final or successfully claim the second spot, the coach is willing to overlook that they continue to miss some glaring chances.

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Having secured 46 points from 26 games, Pirates have won seven games in a row in all competitions and five on the trot in the league, and they are a point behind second-placed SuperSport United, who have played 27 games.

“Frustration is not the word. I’m not coming to the games thinking we’re going to win 5-0, and if we’re not at 5-0 at halftime, I get frustrated. I know how difficult it is,” said Riveiro after the match.

“We played a good game against SuperSport, but we only scored one penalty after 70 minutes. We played against Maritzburg (United), and suddenly (Monnapule) Saleng shoots from nowhere, and the ball is in the net.”

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The Spaniard, who is in his maiden season in charge of the former African champions wants his side to build up to their winning momentum after claiming the MTN8 title.

This season’s MTN8 winners are also in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals, where they meet their fierce rivals Kaizer Chiefs, at FNB Stadium on May 6.

“It’s a complicated game, and you have to control a lot of things to get a result. But I’m not frustrated because I know how much it takes,” he added.

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“We have to work a lot to create one chance and to make sure that chance is not going to result in a transition immediately after we have it.”

“I think that’s one of the keys at this moment for us, probably the main change in the second part of the season. No, we have the capacity to play more in the half of the opponent, and if you do that, your probabilities to score increase.”

In their next match, Pirates will meet TS Galaxy on Sunday away from home as they push to return to continental football and join the eventual champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, in the Champions League.

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