RDS: We’ll keep believing


The two sides played to a goalless draw at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening, with the Buccaneers recovering from a slow start before dominating possession for the rest of the match, but without creating too many clear chances.

MATCH REPORT: Orlando Pirates 0 Esperance 0

De Sa was overall impressed with the performance of his troops, but knows they face a mammoth task in the second leg in Tunisia.

“We showed good character in the second half; we went at them a little bit more,” the coach said after the match. “We created a lot more chances and I thought ‘Sox’ [Tlou Segolela] did well when he came on. We tried … the couple of chances we had we didn’t put away, and you need to put them away at this level.

He added: “You can see they are a well-rehearsed side – they keep their shape and they’re very experienced in this competition. They played for the 0-0. You saw how they killed the game. Every time the ball goes out they slow it down; they mixed the game a lot, and those are the things we have to learn to do.

“But we have got better with it. I think that’s 13 games in the Champions League so far; we’ve got a lot better and we’re dealing with that, the refereeing and so on, but we’ll get there … we’ll keep believing.”

De Sa says Esperance will be a lot more attacking at home, and feels that will give his troops a great chance of getting an invaluable away goal.

“They’ll open up a little more at home, and that will help us a bit because we like the game to be more open,” he said. “That will give us a few more opportunities. But they’ll be better as well.

“We’ll be able to rest a little bit now; we have a match on Tuesday [against Mpumalanga Black Aces], and after that we’ll have to recover the legs, recover the heads a little as well, and I hope we’ll be better.”