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Riveiro On How He Turned Bucs From Final Bottlers To Cup Experts

Orlando Pirates’ cup specialist coach Jose Riveiro has given a brief insight into how he turned his side from bottling finals to becoming serial winners.

Riveiro won his fourth successive cup final – five, if we count the Carling Black Label Cup – after winning back-to-back MTN8 and Nedbank Cup titles.

The Spanish mentor beat Mamelodi Sundowns in two cup finals this season, with Relebohile Mofokeng breaking Masandawana’s hearts in injury-time in the Ke Yona Cup.

Riveiro admitted that it’s a sign the Buccaneers are doing well, as winning four cup finals is no fluke – with the Sea Robbers losing their previous two Nedbank Cup finals in 2016 and 2017 before the Spaniard broke the curse.

“For me, it’s a symptom of clear one – actually that the things are going well at [Orlando] Pirates as a collective. You don’t find yourself in four finals in a row by chance because you have a good day,” Riveiro said.

“Now we can discuss about the difference between clubs and leagues, and phase and consistency and all those things. But the team is showing we have the capacity on the day not only to beat any opponent, it’s about overcome obstacles during the process.

“The cups are really complicated because we’re talking now about penalties, about extra-times, about many different of scenarios in this type of game and the team is getting matureness during this process. We are playing decent amounts of young players who are having these type of experiences for the first time since the last season.

“They are growing within these games and it’s something that we will for sure capitalize in the future consistently in every game, but I don’t think, I’m sure, it’s not about me it’s about our process, our commitment in these type of games.

“Maybe it was something else, or maybe something extra compared with some other games where we gave them so much away in a casual way.

“The cup games, especially here in this country, there’s no two legs. There’s there semi-final in the MTN, everything else is one game. So in that type of scenario, the team is showing fantastic capacity to overcome obstacles.

“Like I said, for me it’s what’s gonna come in the future when we capitalize on these experiences that we are having to get. If in the middle of the way we can continue collecting trophies and playing finals, well that’s something fantastic.”

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