Having gone level on points with PSL-topping Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday, Sundowns' Pitso Mosimane insists his players are thriving under the pressure of challenging for the title
Anthony Laffor sent Sundowns ahead late in the first half, before Tuks drew level midway through the second stanza, courtesy of Atusaye Nyondo's header in the 63rd minute.
The Brazilians showed their class and regained the lead once more through Lebohang Mokoena shortly after and held on for their fifth league win on the trot, and sixth in all competitions.
“I think we need to keep the league exciting. If we drop the ball, it’s not nice. So let’s keep it exciting,” Mosimane said after the game at Loftus Versfeld.
“We’re enjoying the pressure. I can tell you, my players love the stress, they love the pressure and they feel like they can’t lose.”
Three points were enough for Pitso Mosimane to keep Chiefs on their toes, but they trail the Soweto outfit due to an inferior goal-difference.
Despite the fact, Mosimane insists Sundowns were content with the points, heaping praise on a resilient Tuks outfit that came close to spoiling Mosimane’s party on a cold and cloudy Sunday afternoon in the nation’s capital.
“Hard earned points… we were sweating, we really fought for it,” the former Bafana Bafana mentor said.
“Our opponents showed what they said before the game, that we (Sundowns) were not going to get it for free, we have to fight for it and earn it.
“I think in all the games that we’ve played here [at Loftus], this was the most difficult one to take. What an awkward game and if you don’t respond accordingly, you can lose this [type of] game… this was not a walk in the park.”
Sunday’s result puts the pressure squarely on the shoulders of Chiefs, who welcome the Brazilians to a potentially title deciding Premiership fixture at FNB Stadium next weekend.
The pair are together on 49 points, though Amakhosi have two games in hand and could restore a six point lead over Mosimane’s men, before maybe extending that lead to nine, should Chiefs defeat their Pretoria rivals on Saturday evening.
Mosimane, however, is up for the fight.
"My team has integrity, has the will to go for it. We will go for it. Whoever wins it (league) will earn it, we're not going to give it to anybody on a silver platter.
"We have a game on Saturday. We will give it our best, we will fight!”