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Micho: Talking up title hopes can harm players

Orlando Pirates boss Milutin "Micho" Sredojevic has revealed why he has persistently played down Pirates' title ambitions, suggesting that he does not want to put pressure on his players.

Sredojevic once again insisted that his charges are not focused on title rivals Mamelodi Sundowns, telling the media: “With the highest degree of respect for the team who are leading [Sundowns]‚ for us‚ we know that our only focus is on the Cape Town City game on Saturday.

“We shall not talk of anything. We are relaxed. We want to play better than we did on Wednesday. We want a good a result in Cape Town.

“We are motivated and focused for Saturday’s game. The rest of the things we have no right to talk about because the pressure is somewhere else.

Explaining why he has remained coy on the Buccaneers' ambitions, he said he has taken a precaution to protect his players. 

“In the last 18 years working in Africa, I know that I have worked with hyper-sensitive players‚ who‚ if you just plant something in their heads‚ you can just block the legs, and things could continue to go [the same way],” he explained

Pirates trail Sundowns by four points with two games remaining in their season.