New Orlando Pirates coach, Josef Zinnbauer, has credited the “good staff” he has around him for the way the team has been doing well since his arrival.
He was speaking at the press conference at Rand Stadium on Monday, ahead of Pirates’ encounter against Mamelodi Sundowns.
“They give me a lot of information about the players for my philosophy. We have a lot of individual talks with the staff and players and have [played] three games … which is nothing,” Zinnbauer said.
Before the German coach arrived, the Buccaneers were struggling to win games and conceded a lot of goals, but the 49-year-old said players are quickly buying into his philosophy.
“We need fun in the training session. We are happy when we go to training. I think the staff is doing a good work.
“It’s not just the defenders. Our strikers work when they don’t have the ball, then we have good defending on the pitch,” he said.
Zinnbauer couldn’t have asked for a better start at Pirates with a 3-1 home win over Black Leopards. The team then played to a 1-all draw against Bloemfontein Celtic. In a third game Pirates won 4-1 against Polokwane City, moving up to sixth place on the Premier Soccer League log after 16 games.
The Buccaneers currently have 24 points, 17 behind log leader Kaizer Chiefs.
Sundowns has played 15 games and are nine points below Amakhosi, with one game in hand.
Victory against Pirates will increase The Brazilians’ hopes of toppling Chiefs from number 1 spot, while a win for Pirates will put them in a decent position on the log.
Pirates play Sundowns on Wednesday at Orlando Stadium in Soweto. Kick -off is at 19.30pm.