Micho calls on Bucs to step up to the plate

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic believes it will take 'iron discipline' and 'fanatical hard work' to dethrone Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

Pirates had the title fate in their hands with two matches to go, but faltered with a 2-2 draw to Cape Town City, which ultimately allowed Sundowns to pip them to the crown.

And 'Micho' has outlined what sort of attitude his players need to have if they are to end the Brazilians' spell of dominance, which has seen Pitso Mosimane's side win four of the last six league titles and go back-to-back in the last two.

"All 'top-six' gunning for the trophy need to beat them with iron discipline, hard work and organisation, fanatical hard work and usage of science, because there is an invisible match that you people are not seeing, and you need to beat them with a family atmosphere," Sredojevic told Sport 24.

"Any team [who wishes to beat Sundowns] need to have this because as you could see this is their example, they are living like a family, and of course in any family, the masterpiece is how you keep your dirty laundry," he continued.

The Serb tactician, who was nominated for the PSL coach of the season award, also pointed to how he has transformed Pirates after arriving before the start of the 2017/18 campaign.

"It's not always perfect and it's not easy to live in a group, and I can tell you that, the same as with anything in life, when I came here it was 'Galaxy 8' and now it's 'Galaxy 10'...everything needs to improve," Sredojevic concluded.