Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro is delighted to have three weeks to prepare to face Mamelodi Sundowns in the first leg of their MTN 8 semi-final.

The Fifa International break falls between 19 about 27 September 2022 which mean Riveiro will be deprived of some of his players for a portion of that time.

However, the Sea Robbers coach has promised that they will be putting in the work in the coming weeks.

Riveiro says that he is always keen to get more time to train and implement his vision.

“It’s a good time to do a deep analysis about what we were doing during these past six weeks, make the conclusions and make sure we know where we are with our approach because this is a long-term project that we have started,” he said after Pirates beat TS Galaxy on Saturday 10 September.

“There’s a lot of things to analyse and try to implement during these weeks.

“As a coach, I would like to have more time to train and for a team like us, we really trust in the training process and what we do during the week.

“We have a chance to enjoy these full weeks before we face our next opponent. [The break] is something very positive for us.

“We will have time for everything and also a short, well-deserved rest for the boys, but we are going to use the time properly because we are still hungry. We are going to play the next game being in a very good condition.”

Riveiro also admitted that they had hoped to be in a better position at this stage of the league season.

“I think the result should have been better. Yes, we are in a good position but I would have liked to have more points than 14.”

“We planned to get more points than we have at the moment,” Riveiro said.

“But there’s nothing we can do now, we have to look to the future. It’s much easier for us to prepare for the next game because we have this break.

“This is what we want, to bounce back after defeat. It’s crucial. I’m happy, but I think we can still improve because this team is really big and we have not reached our best.”

Orlando Pirates go into the break two points adrift of Sundowns in the DSTV Premiership.

The South African


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