On Saturday Bucs played against Stellenbosch. Orlando Pirates needed an 83 minute to secure the win in the Telkom Knockout quarter-finals. They were dominant in the whole game, but some tactical factors in the victory were important.
Stellenbosch rest the players
With the repeat Supabets fixtures and betting codes in the league next weekend. Stellenbosch decided to rest some of the players for this game. They didn’t focus only on the PSL log as a top priority.
In this game, they played in formation 4-1-4-1 with one defensive midfielder. Also, they have some other changes in the team, Igraam played on the left side, even if he was the best scorer in the last season.
Bucs have tired and tested players
In the last couple of games, Rulani had some experimentation in the team. But this game he started with the most proven attacking trio, behind the striker.
Right away they look much better with more understanding in the attack. All this leads to a lot of chances. Also, they have a goalkeeper on the right level, who manage to keep a clean sheet.
Bucs missed a lot of chances
If we look at the statistics, then we can see that Pirates had incredible 32 shots at the goal. Only eight of these balls hit the target. Luckily for them, one ball went in the goal.
This is something about what they need to work in the future. Too many shots on the goal, but only one ended in the net. In the coming weeks, they will need to be more ruthless.
Some of the players make a good impression
In this game, we can see a couple of great players. Paseka Mako starts at the left-back position, which is not usual for him. Also, some of the players had the first appearance of the season.
Mako played excellent in this position, he won five of his six tackles. With all that he menage to set up one chance going forward. Mntambo did a great job too, he had 90% good passes in the game, also making 13 passes into the final third.
Meanwhile, one player played only 29 minutes. Shonga struggled to get involved, besides he created two great chances, but he misses one great chance for the goal.