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Jose Riveiro: Orlando Pirates lacked the necessary aggression

Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro was disappointed with his players’ attitude in the 1-0 defeat to Jwaneng Galaxy on Sunday.

Jose Riveiro, head coach of Orlando Pirates
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Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro was disappointed with his players’ attitude in the 1-0 defeat to Jwaneng Galaxy on Sunday.

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Daniel Msendami scored the only goal of the first-leg clash in the CAF Champions League second preliminary round, to secure the win for the Botswana outfit in Gaborone.

Riveiro was frustrated with the result and also admitted that he didn’t see enough aggression and intensity from the Bucs.

“A cup game, a knockout game, typical. We didn’t start [well]… I don’t know if the approach of the mindset [was] proper to what the game requires,” said Riveiro.

“Our level of aggressiveness in the duels was not good enough in the first half… Jwaneng were more aggressive than us.

“Little by little they were pushing the game to their side [so that] they can have more hope to win it. One transition in one set-piece [that was] really badly defended [by Pirates players] allowed them to take the lead and from that, as usual we started a different game.”

He added: “1-0 isn’t the result that we were looking for, but we knew that it’d be difficult to decide the game here for both sides. We still have to play one more game.”

The second leg will be played on 29 September at Orlando Stadium.

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