The Pirates coach was satisfied with the performance by his troops against SuperSport United in their MTN 8 quarterfinal clash on Sunday
Pirates needed penalties to book their place in this year’s competition, but De Sa says the Buccaneers were deserved winners.
“They looked like they played a game in midweek and a game on the weekend. I couldn't have asked for more, honestly. I think when it comes to penalties it is a bit of a lottery but I think we were deserved winners,” said De Sa after the match.
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De Sa admitted that his defence struggled to deal with Mame Niang’s height, but he says they will come up with a better plan next time the two teams meet.
“We dominated throughout. It was just the big man [Mame Niang] upfront was a handful. Obviously it’s always going to be very difficult to contain him, but we have to come up with a way next time we play them. That’s the only time they threatened us, through the big guy.
“Football wise, we were pretty good. We dominated; we played well despite the tired legs. I think the final third we got a bit better, but we have a lot to work on,” added De Sa.
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SuperSport United coach Cavin Johnson believes his team did not play as well as he would have liked, but he says it is because they are going through a transition phase.
“I don’t think my team played excellent football like we like to play, but we are going through a change and that is difficult,” said Johnson after the match.
Johnson also congratulated Pirates on their win and he wished them well in the semi-finals of this year’s MTN 8.