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‘I’m ready to lose games but…’: Riveiro on Pirates’ defeat to TS Galaxy

Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro has reacted to the club’s disappointing 1-0 defeat against TS Galaxy in the DStv Premiership on Saturday at Mbombela.

The loss against Galaxy was Pirates’ second successive defeat after losing their previous league game against Richards Bay FC with the same scoreline last weekend.

Pirates is sitting third on the log standings with 49 points and they are one point away from Stellenbosch FC who have collected 50 points.

Meanwhile, the fight to finish as runners-up in the Premiership will go down to the wire after Stellies also lost their clash 1-0 against champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

Pirates will be desperate to win their last match of the season and hope that Stellenbosch doesn’t collect maximum points for them to be second on the table.


With the Buccaneers missing the opportunity to leapfrog Stellenbosch, Riveiro has reacted to losing against the Rockets.

TS Galaxy in action against Orlando Pirates in the DStv Premiership
TS Galaxy in action against Orlando Pirates

“I think we were not good enough to deserve better results, the better results could happen because we had chances, territorially I think we dominated the game but not playing the game that we wanted to play and we allowed the opponents to play to their strength,” Riveiro said in SuperSport TV.

“And I also think our attitude today was not good enough, if you see the match during the 90 minutes, I think Galaxy was playing for something more important than us.

“The attitude can not only be when you are losing, we need to be brave with better determination like you have nothing to lose. I am ready to lose games, but not because the team that is in front of you is putting more attitude and fighting more.

“It must be a football discussion, not an attitude discussion and I think today, for the biggest time of the 90 minutes, we were not at the level that the game was asking.”

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