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Esperance and Pirates are so close that they can now smell the final all the way from Tunisia. Roger de Sa explains why the second leg already feels like the final itself

Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa has told the club website that the team knows what to expect in Tunisia as they continue to prepare for their crucial Caf Champions League game against Esperance on Saturday.

Pirates were held to a goalless draw in the first leg and Tunisia is expected to be a testing away visit on the weekend, but De Sa says Bucs have seen it all in this competition.

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“The guys know what to expect in Tunisia,” said De Sa. “We have had it worse in this tournament and I do not think whatever may happen in that match or during our stay in Tunisia will shock the guys,” he added.

The 49-year-old Mozambican-born coach wants his players to treat this semi-final clash as a final, and admits his troops will have to be psychologically prepared because the Esperance fans won’t be easy on them.

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“We talk to the players all the time. For this match we will have to be really well prepared psychologically, because the home fans won’t make it easy for us. In fact we need to prepare ourselves as if this is already a final.

“We expect the home side to throw everything at us and push for a win, but they know we can equally cause problems and that should be an interesting match to watch,” concluded Roger de Sa.

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