Milutin Sredojevic: Orlando Pirates cannot afford to underestimate Kaizer Chiefs

The Bucs mentor feels Amakhosi have improved under Middendorp, who replaced Italian coach Giovanni Solinas in December 2018

Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic says his charges cannot afford to be complacent against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

The Buccaneers will be hoping to continue their dominance over Amakhosi when the two Soweto giants clash in a massive Premier Soccer League (PSL) match at the FNB Stadium. 

“We have no right ever - no matter where you are or what position you’re in – to be complacent, to underrate and underestimate [your opponent],” Sredojevic told the media.

Pirates are currently enjoying a 10-match unbeaten run against Chiefs, including the most recent 2-1 win in favour of Micho's men in the Telkom Knockout Cup semi-final clash in November 2018.

“With that in mind, we need to erase last year from our memories, and we have one critical reason – my dear colleague Ernst Middendorp’s arrival," he continued.

Current form also favours Bucs, who are undefeated in their last 14 league matches, while Amakhosi have lost two of their last four games in the competition.

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“Since Chiefs’ first kick of the ball against SuperSport United until their last match against Cape Town City, we have seen huge strides in a positive direction from the point of the team – their commitment, dedication, hard work, mental approach, physical fitness, and technical and tactical competitiveness," he added.

“Therefore, this is a totally different ball game with a different coach and the same players want to prove that they are capable to do better than last year," he concluded.

A victory for Bucs will see them climb up to the second spot on the league standings, while Amakhosi are keen to keep up with the pacesetters with a win on Saturday.