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Milutin Sredojevic: Talk of winning PSL title will only distract Orlando Pirates players ahead of Cape Town City clash

3:28 PM IST 27/04/18
Milutin Sredojevic of Orlando Pirates
The 48-year-old could lead the Buccaneers to their fifth PSL title if they win their last two matches and the Brazilians lose their remaining matches

Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic has insisted that they are not paying any attention to their Premier Soccer League (PSL) title rivals Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Soweto giants cut the Brazilians' lead at the top of the standings to four points when they thumped Bidvest Wits 4-0 at the Orlando Stadium in midweek.

Pirates will now lock horns with Cape Town City in the Mother City on Saturday, while Sundowns are scheduled to host Ajax Cape Town on the same day. 

“With the highest degree of respect for the team who are leading [Sundowns]‚ for us‚ we know that our only focus is on the Cape Town City game on Saturday‚” Sredojevic told the media.

“We shall not talk of anything. We are relaxed. We want to play better than we did on Wednesday. We want a good a result in Cape Town," he continued

“We are motivated and focused for Saturday’s game. The rest of the things we have no right to talk about because the pressure is somewhere else," Micho added.

The Serbian tactician, who has won league titles in Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan, stated that any talk of winning the PSL title will only put the pressure on his players.

“In the last 18 years working in Africa I know that I have worked with hyper-sensitive players‚ who‚ if you just plant something in their heads‚ you can just block the legs, and things could continue to go [the same way]‚” he explained.

“However‚ you are welcome to keep feeding us with this because I remember how the media were feeding Cape Town City having beaten Wits for four matches in the cup and league – and then you know what happened," he added.

“Football is an open game. We shall see what will happen," the former Saint-George SA coach concluded.