Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane admits that the Absa Premiership title race is unpredictable but is determined to fight till the very end.
The Brazilians are set to travel to Loftus Versfeld Stadium when they take on Polokwane City in a crucial league clash on Wednesday evening.
Sundowns have two games left to play in the PSL and currently sit in second place in the league standings, level on 53 points with log leaders Kaizer Chiefs, although they have a greater goal difference.
Mosimane admits that he is not bothered by the criticism and pressure as it’s part of the job of being a professional coach, while referring to the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.
‘In our job there is pressure. As coaches, we are paid to be professionals and we are trained to take the pressure that comes with it,’ Mosimane told the media.
‘In our profession, there is always pressure‚ there are always expectations and there is always opinion from everybody. One day you are loved, one day you are not. We don’t make excuses. Professionals must play with the pressure. In fact‚ they must enjoy the pressure and thrive under pressure.
‘I come out stronger under very high criticism and I like to look back and say to whoever who said these can never happen or we can’t make it and say‚ you look at us now.
‘If you don’t want to be criticised‚ don’t be a coach‚ if you don’t like to be criticised‚ then don’t be a player. It’s your life. It’s an everyday story. You can ask all the other coaches, the Peps [Guardiola], the [Jose] Mourinhos.
‘We just have to make sure we fight for this thing until the end because you never know. No no no‚ we are going with this thing [title race] until it ends‚ it does not matter.
‘It’s your life. You are a professional. You are getting paid to work under pressure. You are getting paid to be criticised. So my players should understand that‚ including myself.
‘As you said, coach Middendorp did not even go to his post-match interview. It’s frustration. We are human beings and expectations are high.
‘You know behind us in an institute‚ it is everybody‚ it is our families, with the support we get we can be disappointed [after losing] and we as coaches we have to take the blame as much as we take the credit.
‘But let’s see how it goes. It’s unbelievable, you never know what’s going to happen. But we don’t want to make excuses. The last two games we go for it and we fight for it.’
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