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Milutin Sredojevic: I know Orlando Pirates will be expected to win trophies next season

13:40 IST 13/05/2018
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic
The 48-year-old tactician stated that Bucs have laid the foundation for them to push for trophies next season

Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has reflected on their 2017/18 campaign which saw the Soweto giants finish second on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) table.

The Buccaneers ended their league campaign with a 2-1 win over Free State Stars at the Orlando Stadium with Ntsikelelo Nyauza and Thamsanqa Gabuza scoring for the Soweto giants.

Sredojevic, who managed to transform Bucs into PSL title contenders following a disastrous 2016/17 season, is already looking forward to next season.

“I believe that the supporters are feeling that this season we have laid the foundation. And that laid foundation puts ahead of us an important task‚” Sredojevic told local media.

The Serbian was appointed Bucs head coach in August, 2017 with the team having failed to finish in the top eight in the league for the first time since the inception of the PSL in 1996.

“Number one‚ to do the deep analysis of who is supposed to come [into the squad] and who is supposed to be surplus. Number two‚ to really have a selection of players who will continue with the project,” he continued.

“Because now we have the foundation‚ and now we need to build the house. And those are trophies. I need to tell you it will be very hard. This has been a very competitive league,” Micho added. 

“But the biggest critical aspect that I will look at is that 15 matches won is not enough. We need to lean towards 20. We need to reduce the draws‚ because out of 10‚ there were at least eight we were supposed to have won,” he explained.

“But football is like that. And I’m looking at the first half of the season where we had too many draws. We are the team with the least number of defeats – five,” Sredojevic said.

The Buccaneers qualified for next season’s Caf Champions League after securing a second-spot finish in the league.

"But next year we have five fronts of competition – in the MTN8‚ The Telkom Knockout‚ the Nedbank Cup‚ the PSL‚ and our one target competition is the Caf Champions League,” he indicated.

Bucs will be hoping to win their first major trophy since 2014 having won the Nedbank Cup after defeating Bidvest Wits in the final, four years ago.

“So when we have all these we need to keep what was OK‚ and we need to upgrade a lot. We need to be aware that competition will be very stiff‚ and it will be very hard,” he stated. 

“I need to mention that I arrived on August 3 [for the 2017-18 season]‚ and coach Rhulani [Mokwena] a few days after‚ so this will be our first proper preseason. And the preseason is the foundation of the season,” the former Uganda coach added.

“We want to do our best‚ we want to fulfill the dreams of our supporters‚ we want to heal their souls further. We want to make them happy‚ because the power given to us is to make millions happy,” he concluded.