Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro defends his side’s inconsistent form

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro says it is too early in the season to judge his team.

The Buccaneers are in ninth place on the DStv Premeirship standings after 11 games, some nine points adrift of current league leaders Cape Town City, although with two games in hand.

Despite having already tasted success this season in lifting the MTN8 trophy, the club were eliminated from both the CAF Champions League and Carling Knockout Cup.

While they managed six points from their previous two league ties, seeing off Sekhukhune United and Kaizer Chiefs, they most recently dropped points in a goalless draw with Richards Bay.

Riveiro’s side play five more games before the Christmas break, against Swallows, TS Galaxy, Golden Arrows, SuperSport United and Stellenbosch, and the Bucs boss says he will be ready to be judged at the half-way mark in their campaign.

He said in the Citizen: “We dropped two points (last Saturday), we move to the next one, we have 15 points to fight for until the Christmas break. That (break) could be a good moment for us to analyse where we are and why.

“If the question is ‘are we dropping more points than we would like?’, I think you (media) could answer the question yourself.

“You guys (media) want to analyse the result, you don’t want to analyse the games. If we draw, we have problems to score, when we score three, we are in great form. If we concede three, we are not defending well. We are doing a lot of things very well.”