Orlando Pirates: Milutin Sredojevic downplays habit of conceding and failure to keep clean sheets
Posted: 7 November 2018 Time: 10:30
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic is unperturbed by his side’s trend of conceding as he stresses the importance of sticking to their attacking philosophy.
Pirates have kept just three clean sheets in 15 matches in all competitions this season and have conceded 11 goals in their 12 Absa Premiership outings thus far.
They were once again unable to shut out Black Leopards as they survived a late onslaught at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday evening to register a 2-1 victory that subsequently sent them top of the table.
Despite conceding in each of their last three fixtures, Sredojevic was noticeably more pleased with their spate of results that has seen the team go 10 games unbeaten, insisting that given their attack-minded approach they are always more vulnerable at the back.
“We are a team that plays football in our own way, we are risking by not sitting back and trying just to close [up in defence],” said 'Micho'.
“Our badge, our jersey, our history is obliging us to be offensive, and when you are offensive it is normal that you are destined to concede.
“I want to agree that we need to tighten, especially in set-pieces, at the back in order to keep clean sheets, which is very important.
“But I want to also stress that when you play – as we are – for more goals and to attack and win every match, then you’ll leave space and danger behind and you’re destined to possibly concede.
“So, we need to find a perfect balance between ironing and tightening our defence to not concede, by have much better possession of the ball in going forward, and reaching the right areas where we can endanger the opponents’ goal and be more effective in scoring.”