Zinnbauer admits Sundowns superiority in Nedbank Cup mauling

Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer admitted there was nowhere to hide in the wake of his team’s 4-1 mauling at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal at Loftus stadium on Thursday.

The German tactician admitted their opponents were the better team as his hopes of adding a second trophy this season, after the MTN8, to their list of achievements was brought to a grinding halt. 

“I’m disappointed, it’s clear the result looks not 100 percent like the game, but it [his side’s performance] was not enough today to win this game,” Zinnbauer said.

“In the first half, for 10 or 20 minutes we were completely out of the game, then we get the goal, then maybe it was a wakeup call. We came closer to our goals, then we scored.

“Then we had two chances to score [but] we had bad luck. Second half the same, we come out, we were not in [the game], then we concede and you have to play all or nothing.

“You have to manage the game more in offense and you step out of the defence line and you have to try to score. 

“But then you get the counter-attack, Sundowns were too good, honestly they have top players on the field, they play very well in the [CAF] Champions League, they play very well in the league.

“So finally you play for all or nothing and then in the last 10 minutes we make more forward runs and then you get the goals, it’s a problem. But I say again, the performance was not enough, Sundowns were better but the result looks a little bit too high.

“Maybe they [the Pirates players] had too much respect, I don’t know, but after the game you don’t have the right answer. I’ll watch my game again and then we find the points where we have to improve for the next game.”

Pirates are next in action on Wednesday when they host Algerian side ES Setif in a crucial CAF Confederation Cup clash. https://supersport.com/

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