Pirates assistant coach Fadlu Davids addressed the media on Wednesday ahead of their rescheduled encounter with Sundowns at the Orlando Stadium next Monday, which could be seen as a potential title decider.
The Brazilians currently top the league standings while the Buccaneers trail them by three points, with just seven games remaining in the domestic campaign.
Though the stakes are high in this particular encounter, Davids insisted the hopes of the entire nation are on the Tshwane outfit as they next face record continental champions Al Ahly in the quarterfinals next weekend.
“Sundowns do have the pedigree, they are the defending champions and they are in a position that they want to be in – three points ahead [on the log],” commented Davids.
“It’s probably the first time they’ve come on top [this season], and now the pressure is really on them to be able to stay there.
“We’ve been top of the log before and it’s now their turn to be able to handle that pressure, and they’ve got the experience but on the other hand they’ve got to know that South Africa are putting all our hopes on them now in the Champions' League.
“For this game against Al Ahly, we’re all behind them. They have to qualify, they have to put South Africa on the map and with them doing well, it could allow us to get more spots in the Champions' League.
“That’s what it’s about and we depend on them. They are the PSL champions, they’ve won the Champions' League before, and we really hope they can carry us through into the semi-finals of the competition.”