TS Galaxy caught up in Pirates-Downs crossfire

By Michael Madyira

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro is convinced Mamelodi Sundowns’ dominance of domestic football is about to come to an end.

The Spaniard has made the remarks after watching his side pick up some momentum in their Premier Soccer League campaign.

Following a difficult start to their league campaign, the Buccaneers are on a four-match unbeaten streak, having recorded three wins and a draw.

They now bid to make it five games without tasting defeat when they host TS Galaxy at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

It is an opportunity for Pirates to go fourth on the PSL table should they beat the Rockets.

While admitting that some situations are out of their hands, Riveiro feels Sundowns can be stopped despite being five points clear at the top with three games in hand.

“When you look at some of the games that we played, the results are something that we cannot control and there is just nothing we can do about it,” Riveiro told the media.  

“If you talk about the team that’s leading the log, they have accumulated 30 points in 10 games, that’s something exceptional. But sooner rather than later, it’s going to change.”

Expectations to break Sundowns’ dominance have heavily fallen on Kaizer Chiefs and Pirates’ shoulders.

“It’s something that’s not only our responsibility to stop [Sundowns] because we only face them two times in the league and the league is 30 games,” said Riveiro.

“If you finish the season competing with the opponent that wins every game, there is nothing you can do more than congratulate them and try again next time.”

The Buccaneers continue their bid to challenge Sundowns against Carling Knockout finalists TS Galaxy who have been blowing hot and cold and are 11th on the standings.

Pictured above: Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro at training.

Image source: Orlando Pirates

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