Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro has reiterated that the upcoming Soweto Derby is a chance to show the capacity level of South African football.
“It’s going to be a rough game, very equal like before, like the game we played in the Carling Cup as well,” Riveiro said at the Soweto Derby press conference.
“I don’t think we’re going to see a big surprise in the way to approach the game. Both teams, we’re trying to do things in our own way.
“The reality is that we’re just three points ahead of Chiefs at this moment. It’s true that in the recent games our results were better, but I try to not be focussed on the results. I try to be focussed on their strengths, what they can be good.
“The games that we played before this one, are not going to be played on Saturday.”
Riviero also spoke about the significance of the derby for South African football because it will be broadcast in over 20 countries. But we know that players usually lift their game in front of a packed stadium.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for all of us to show our level,” Riveiro continued.
“Me as a foreigner, it’s one of the games or probably the only one that I knew before coaching here. I think it’s going to be televised in more than 20 countries.
“We have an opportunity to offer a good show, to show how good we can organise a big game like this, how well prepared the referees are going to be for this occasion, one more time it’s an opportunity to see how serious we take football here, all of us.
“I just hope that it’s a fair game and the better team is the winner at the end of the game.”
Riveiro will not be on the sidelines for the derby due to suspension but took part in the press conference organised by the DStv Premiership and SuperSport.
The Buccaneers take on Amakhosi on Saturday afternoon at 15:30.