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COMMENT: Kaizer Chiefs can accept being second best to Orlando Pirates

11:00 PM GMT+4 05/02/2019
Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Kaizer Chiefs & Vincent Pule, Orlando Pirates, November 2018
Goal explains why Amakhosi should accept being second best to Bucs ahead of the upcoming Soweto Derby

Two of the biggest clubs in the country, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will renew their rivalry on Saturday afternoon.

The two teams are heading into the titanic Premier Soccer League (PSL) encounter in contrasting form with Pirates unbeaten in regulation time in 26 matches across all competitions.

Chiefs, on the other hand, are one of the most inconsistent teams at the moment having recorded four defeats and three wins in their last seven games in all competitions.

Although current form usually doesn't count when it comes to Soweto Derby matches, Chiefs fans are probably now used to the fact that Pirates are the better side.

The Buccaneers are currently enjoying a 10-match unbeaten run against Amakhosi, including the most recent 2-1 win in favour of Milutin Sredojevic's men in the Telkom Knockout Cup clash.

Chiefs' last over their arch-rivals was in December 2014 under the tutelage of Stuart Baxter. 

Their current mentor, Ernst Middendorp, managed to steady the ship after the team endured a poor start to the season under Italian tactician Giovanni Solinas, who was fired last December.

However, the four-time PSL champions are yet to find their mojo under Middendorp with the team having been hit hard by injuries.  

Itumeleng Khune, Lebogang Manyama and Erick Mathoho are among the key players who will are sorely missed by Amakhosi. 

The German trainer probably needs more time to make the much-needed changes and manage expectations realistically.

On the other hand, Pirates coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic has assembled a squad that can beat any team at any given day, including Amakhosi themselves.  

Since taking over from Kjell Jonevret in August 2017, Sredojevic has steered Bucs into the final of Telkom Knockout Cup after turning the team into PSL title contenders last season and finishing as runners-up on both occasions.

The Buccaneers are also back in the group stages of Africa's most prestigious club tournament, the Caf Champions League League, while Chiefs failed to reach the Caf Confederation Cup Last 16 after losing to Zambia's Zesco United.

With Chiefs slowly slipping out of this season's PSL title race as they are 10 points behind leaders Bidvest Wits, second-placed Pirates are still firmly in the contest.

It is quite clear that Pirates are in a league of their own compared to Chiefs, who still need to get their house in order to be able to at the level of their rivals.