Orlando Pirates are beginning to understand Zinnbauer’s philosophy

Orlando Pirates’ German head coach Josef Zinnbauer says that the players are beginning to grasp his footballing philosophy.

Since the former midfielder took over from interim head coach Rhulani Mokwena Orlando Pirates have gone unbeaten in three matches.

Orlando Pirates take on Zinnbauer philosophy

Last time out Pirates put in their most polished performance in months with a 4-1 demolition of struggling Polokwane City.

“I think the team understands my philosophy,” Zinnbauer told the press ahead of a crunch match against title hopefuls Mamelodi Sundowns over the weekend.

“We hope we work in the next days‚ in the next weeks and in the next months on the system. We will be better.

“You have seen it in the first half. We want to win the ball. We want to have lots of possession. We need to be on the offensive‚ not on the defensive — that’s my philosophy.”

The Bavarian trainer is hopeful that Malawian forward Gabadinho Mhango can continue his hot streak in front of goal but has promised a different gameplan when the Buccaneers take on Pitso Mosimane’s side. Mhango moved to the head of the PSL goalscorers list when he scored a hat-trick against Polokwane in midweek. He has scored in every match under Zinnbauer starting with a brace against Black Leopards.

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Gabadinho Mhango of Orlando Pirates during the Carling Black Label Cup Match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates on the 27 July 2019 at FNB Stadium, Soweto Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

“Sundowns is another opponent who plays another system. It will be a new game,” he added.

“And I hope we improve and prepare the team so good that we can make a point or more [against Sundowns].”

“I am happy that I have him (Mhango) here and I hope that he’ll continue to score in the next match.”

Zinnbauer expects the team to grow into his style of management and the systems he wants deployed in matches.

“We’ve had about 10-12 training sessions, which I think that maybe they were not enough. In the last three days, we couldn’t 100 percent work but we made a lot of analysis and real talk,” Zinnbauer said after the win over Polokwane City.

The German is eager for Orlando Pirates to play an attractive attacking style of football, despite their struggles in defence this season.

“We want the ball, and we have a lot of possession, but we want an offensive approach and not defensive. I need offensive players,” he said.

“I think Pirates is an offensive club, and I think that we have a lot of supporters (who came out in numbers against Rise and Shine) and they came out to support us. And we want to have fun in the game.”

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