Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro expresses mixed feelings after beating Moroka Swallows. Image Source: (@OrlandoPirates/Instagram)

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro expresses mixed feelings after beating Moroka Swallows. Image Source: (@OrlandoPirates/Instagram)

Riveiro expresses mixed feelings after beating Swallows

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro expresses mixed feelings after beating Moroka Swallows in the DStv Premiership.

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro expresses mixed feelings after beating Moroka Swallows. Image Source: (@OrlandoPirates/Instagram)

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro expresses mixed feelings after beating Moroka Swallows. Image Source: (@OrlandoPirates/Instagram)

In a match he labelled as boring, Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro expresses mixed feelings after beating Moroka Swallows.

The two Soweto giants, Pirates and Swallows, faced off in the DStv Premiership on Tuesday night at Orlando Stadium.

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Speaking about the league match, Pirates mentor Riveiro says the opening half was boring as he shared mixed feelings.

The Spaniard, Riveiro, wasn’t pleased with the play, stating that there was more action in midfield against Swallows than in the final third for both teams to try and score.

RIVEIRO EXPRESSES MIXED FEELINGS AFTER BEATING SWALLOWS

Riveiro’s Pirates scored through Evidence Makgopa and an own goal by Sipho Sibiya as Swallows failed to bag maximum points in Soweto.

“I think it was a very tactical first half, with a clear proposal trying to fight each other,” says Riveiro.

“Very slow freedom in the first half also, the opponents tried to control the rhythm by delaying the restarts, which is okay.

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro expresses mixed feelings after beating Moroka Swallows. Image Source: (@OrlandoPirates/Instagram)
Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro expresses mixed feelings after beating Moroka Swallows. Image source: @OrlandoPirates/Instagram

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“But the first half was a bit boring, not many things happened. The actions were more in the middle of the field and not close to the boxes.

“So, I don’t remember many exciting moments from both teams, a couple of set-pieces for Swallows and an off-side goal.

“A couple of more actions behind our line from our side and we managed to score a goal before half-time which was important for obvious reasons.”

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The reigning MTN8 and Nedbank Cup champion, Riveiro, also expressed his feelings about the referees.

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In addition, the coach lamented the referees who made it difficult for his men to press Swallows, saying some of the decisions were against his men.

The Spaniard added it was difficult for his side to press Swallows higher since the referee was judging fouls whenever the opponent went down.

“We started the second half very slow again and not pressing as high as in the first half. We managed to do it (press high). But every attempt to press was a foul,” adds Riveiro.

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“I think we committed more fouls than we have done for the rest of the reason, or at least from the referee’s perspective,” Riveiro continued with his game analysis.

“It’s difficult to deal with teams like Swallows who want to build from the back. You want to press high, but every time you press players in negative positions when you touch them and they fall it’s a foul.

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“So, it is difficult to continue with the pressing. So, you have to decide if you continue or you give them a couple of metres.”

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