Muhsin Ertugral and Oupa Manyisa
Sunday Jul 31, 2016. 16:00
Orlando Pirates head coach Muhsin Ertuğral admits there is still a lot of work to be done as his side step up their preparations for the 2016-17 Premier Soccer League season.
The Buccaneers suffered a 2-0 defeat to fierce rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the 2016 Carling Black Label Cup on Saturday. The Glamour Boys were the better side throughout and were deserved winners on the day.
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Goals from Erick Mathoho and Lewis Macha sealing a second victory for Chiefs in the PSL curtain-raiser.
"The guys need to get used to us as a technical team. I think in the future this game should be played a week before the league starts because it will help us look at what we have ahead of the season," Ertugral said in the aftermath.
"I have looked at what we have and how we play and there is still a lot to learn from this game. We have new players and old ones who need to gel but its a good start."
Ertuğral believes the 4-4-2 formation employed by his team in the first-half only caused them problems, but still the Buccaneers managed to head into the break on level pegging.
Tendai Ndoro notably squandered a gilt-edged chance in the second stanza as Chiefs flexed their muscles for their first win in the fixture since 2013.
"The selection of the 4-4-2 for us with two strikers was a bit problematic," Ertuğral added.
"We needed to get into half-time to see what we could do about it.
"I think second half was much better, but we made a blunder in that situation, where we spoke about not to put the ball in cleaning situations from the defence into the middle, because they overloaded the middle and from there, they scored.
"We had two great chances to score, it didn't happen and in the end we needed to open up to get the goal and that was the counter," the former Mpumalanga Black Aces mentor concluded.