Daniels therefore expects test when Matsatsantsa meet Milutin Sredojevic's charges in a league match at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday.
"Pirates have changed a little bit under the new coach and the technical staff," Daniels said.
"You can see the difference, there is a little bit of structure in the team. They have just been unfortunate not to pick up the results they wanted. I think they are a good team and it is going to be a real tough game for us. It is always a good game playing against Pirates."
Daniels feels Pirates' defence has tightened up under 'Micho', who replaced Swedish tactician Kjell Jonevret in the off-season at Mayfair.
"When we played them in the past they were a bit thin defensively so we beat them quite nicely. But this time around like I said, with new technical stuff they are a bit more organised and more structured.
"They also have good attacking players that have really found their form like Thabo Qalinge and it is going to be a difficult game. They look organised and well structured and it's a dangerous team.
"We need to be very cautious on our defensive display and make sure that we capitalise on their mistakes."
Daniels confirmed he was rested for his side's recent 1-0 victory over struggling Ajax Cape Town in anticipation of the trip to Soweto.
"The coach said he will rest me for the Ajax game. I have been playing a lot of matches with travelling a lot with the club and Bafana Bafana.
"He said I must take a rest and I must come back fresh for the next game."
Matsatsantsa are 10th on the table with 13 points from six games - five points behind the Buccaneers, who have played six more matches.