- Josef Zinnbauer leads his team into his first-ever Soweto Derby
- He is confident that his team will perform well
- The coach is not worried about their recent lack of game time
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Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer is sure that his team will do well today. He says that his team are confident and have not shown that they are nervous at all.
The Buccaneers have won their last 6 engagements and are riding that high into the Soweto derby today as the Orlando Pirates face off against the Kaizer Chiefs.
Briefly.co.za learned that this will be Zinnbauer's first derby match as coach of the Pirates. There is a lot of pressure on this match, as a key feature on the sporting calendar, fans have been looking forward to this match for a long time. Tickets sold out weeks ago.
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“My players are so hot at training – I see this in their eyes‚” said Zinnbauer adding that his players must find a balance.
“They want to go out there and play but I hope that they are not doing this too much because too much is not good. They must try to find a balance.
“I am happy that my players are not nervous ahead of a big game like this but the most important thing is what is going to happen on game day.
“They are working hard and they are hungry‚ when we finish training they want to stay on and continue working on corner kicks or other set-pieces. The focus at the moment is on us and not the league title – it is about improving for next season because I think Sundowns and Wits have more chance of winning the league than us.”
The Pirates have not kicked a ball in anger in the past two weeks as they are no competing in the Nedbank Cup this weekend but Zinbauer is not worried about the lack of game time according to the sowetanlive.co.za.
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“Maybe it is a problem but we had time to focus on this game. After the game we can speculate if not playing last weekend was good or bad‚ but for now we have to focus on this game‚” he said.
“For me it would have been better to have had a game before a big game like this past weekend but that’s what it is.”
This is the first time since the derby began in 1970 that there would be two German coaches facing off against each other. Zinbauer was dismissive of this fact, rather focusing on the game.
“I think is a lucky time to have German coaches in the derby but it is not important. It is not important whether it is a German‚ African or Italian on the bench‚ the important thing is to give the supporters a top performance‚” he said.
“I told my players that this is a game for the supporters and not for us. We have over the last eight games enjoyed good run of results and the supporters are happy.”
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