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COMMENT: What Milutin Sredojevic needs to do to win his first trophy at Orlando Pirates

12:13 GMT+3 09/08/2018
Milutin Sredojevic, Orlando Pirates, August 2018
Goal takes a look at what the well-travelled trainer needs to do to in order to win a major trophy at Bucs

Orlando Pirates gaffer Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic has high expectations to meet this season after a relatively successful 2017/18 campaign.

The Serbian coach managed to revive Bucs after his arrival at the Houghton-based outfit in August 2018, replacing Swedish tactician Kjell Jonevret. 

The Soweto giants had endured a disastrous 2016/17 season which saw them finish outside the top eight in the league for the first time in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) era.

Sredojevic managed to stabilize the Pirates ship and the players quickly adapted to his philosophy with the assistance of highly-rated tactician Rulani Mokwena.

Bucs mounted a serious challenge for the PSL title which they eventually lost to a formidable Mamelodi Sundowns side and Micho's men had to settle for second place on the league table.

The Buccaneers struggled in cup competitions as they were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Telkom Knockout Cup and Nedbank Cup.

Goal takes a look at what Micho needs to do to in order to clinch his first major trophy at Pirates:


NEVER-SAY-DIE ATTITUDE & COMMITMENT


Bucs are in for a grueling 2018/19 season which will see them compete in five major tournaments. Micho knows that trophies are the key and he needs to deliver at least one, regardless of which competition it comes in.

Sredojevic has managed to instill a renewed sense of belief among his players since taking over at the Buccaneers - revitalizing players such as Happy Jele and Luvuyo Memela.

One of the ingredients of a winning team is a never-say-die attitude.

The former Al Hilal Omdurman coach needs to ingrain a never-say-die spirit into his team which leads to players becoming more committed to the cause.

The players should be willing to give everything in every game and push themselves so that they can achieve positive results.


WINNING MENTALITY & TEAM SPIRIT


The Bucs players need to develop winning habits that will see them head into every game looking to win at all costs and this will also help them play to their full potential.

Micho needs to instill a winning mindset in his players to give them an edge in matches as the Buccaneers look to end a four-year trophy drought.

Team spirit is also important. One player can win you one match, but to win a trophy or trophies is down to a group of players, who are working towards achieving a common goal. 

Sredojevic and his technical team need to ensure that everyone in the Bucs camp is pulling in the same direction if the Soweto giants are to win some silverware this season. 


CONSISTENCY 


The key to success is consistency. Teams that challenge for honours are always on top of their game each time they step out onto the field.

Bucs' inconsistency towards the end of last season cost them the PSL title as they dropped points against SuperSport United, Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town City.

Consistency tends to separate the real title contenders from pretenders. Sredojevic's side needs to perform consistently week in and week out in their pursuit for glory.

The 48-year-old trainer has to ingrain consistency in the team which would enhance Pirates' chances of winning a trophy this season. 

There is no doubt that if Micho can bring all these elements together over the course of the season - his side will definitely win some silverware.