Pitso Mosimane has opened up about how he deals with the pressure, with two games left to be played in the Absa Premiership.
Mamelodi Sundowns had the opportunity to go to the top of the Absa Premiership standings but suffered a 1-0 loss to Baroka FC which sees them remain in the second position, joined on points with log leaders Kaizer Chiefs, but behind on goal difference.
The Absa Premiership champion will be crowned on September 05 and two tough fixtures await the Brazilians.
Mosimane’s team will face off with relegation-threatened sides, Black Leopards and Polokwane City and if the result against Baroka is anything to go by, it’s going to be no walk in the park.
Speaking to the media after the defeat to Bakgaga, Mosimane was asked how he is currently dealing with the pressure of making sure his side gives their all to retain the title.
“Our job is pressure, as coaches, we are trained to be professionals, we are trained to take the pressure. There is always pressure, there are always expectations, there are always opinions. One day you are loved and one day you are not so the players have to understand that and give their best,” he said.
“We don’t make excuses, professionals must play with the pressure, just enjoy the pressure and thrive.
“I come up stronger under very high criticism and I like to look back and say to whoever that said it can’t happen or we can’t make it - just to say look at us now.
“If you don’t want to be criticised don’t be a coach, don’t be a footballer, it is your life, you can ask the Pep’s, the Mourinho’s how they feel.
“We need to fight for this thing until the end because you never know and we have the Nedbank (Cup) also to fight for so I don’t think anybody should complain about pressure or shy away.”