The Buccaneers face Spurs in Saturday’s deciding match at Coca-Cola Park, and Leal is back his team to come good, especially in light of how they performed against the English Premiership outfit in their first encounter at Mbombela Stadium.
“The match we played [against Spurs] was very tough, but I thought we controlled the game and passed the ball a lot in the last third. We scored one goal, and the official denied us another,” the Brazilian coach says.
“It [the Final] will be tough. They will come with full capacity. They have quality, but we believe in African football; we believe in South African football; and we believe in the squad of Orlando Pirates. We are confident we will perform well and will prepare to win the game.”
Reflecting on the game against Chiefs last night, Leal has mixed feelings.
“It was a great game. Chiefs played well in the first half and made it very difficult for us. Only after halftime did we get it right. We still need to improve our communication – we have only worked together for a short time – but it will come right.”