Orlando Pirates coach finding life tough in the bio-bubble: 'This is not so easy'

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Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer admits it's been difficult to deal with the short turnaround times between Absa Premiership games.

The Buccaneers are still without a win since the 2019/20 season resumed earlier this month, as they've drawn three and lost one of their four league encounters, scoring only one goal.

Zinnbauer says playing so many games in short succession with players who lack match fitness is a real struggle, especially when it comes to scheduling training.

"This is not so easy, now comes the first week where we have a little more space [between games] and we can go a little more to the field [for training]," said Zinnbauer, as quoted by KickOff.

"We can work with the team about the final third [challenges], that is the point where we have to work more and more in the future – [starting] this week and after this week, even in the next pre-season that's coming up.

"But it's not so easy to work with the team in the bubble, it's not an excuse but it's so. The recovery days are important for the players and then you have to be careful with the work, the muscles are not easy when you have tough sessions.

"But we get it now, we work on the turn around and we all do our best, I cannot fault the players for a bad game and not working, no, they work but at the moment we don't have the luck and feeling for the final pass or shot.

"But this is the situation now for us, we have to work with this problem and get through this."

The Buccaneers are up next against SuperSport United on Saturday.

- TEAMtalk media

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