Sundowns have been knocked out of the Caf Champions League and the Nedbank Cup in the last week, but they are still in control of their own destiny in the race for the title.
“For a top team like Sundowns to have two losses in two big competitions like this, you expect them to come out with that backlash,” said De Sa.
“We expect a fired-up Sundowns to try and get their season back on track and I’m sure this is where they’ll look to do it. We’ve got to be at our best to match them, our job will be a little bit more difficult but we look forward to it … for us it’s about getting another win and getting into the top eight.”
Pitso Mosimane must decide whether to give some of his star names a rest, with the “CBD” of Leonardo Castro, Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly, mis-firing a little in the last two games.
Castro was taken off in the Nedbank Cup defeat to Orlando Pirates on Saturday, and it could just be that Mosimane gives Cuthbert Malajila a rare start.
“The big question is whether he will keep the squad more or less the same, but having a look at the VIP box and their bench, they’ve certainly got enough to fill in and come out even stronger,” added the Ajax coach.
De Sa’s side went into this week’s fixtures in 10th place, just two points off a top eight spot. Their season has faded after winning the MTN8, with the tragic death of rightback Cecil Lolo an obvious cause.
However, the Urban Warriors still have the motivation, as De Sa says, of qualifying for the right to defend their MTN8 title next season. Ajax are unbeaten in their last three league games, though they have only won one of their last eight in all competitions, the league win at Tuks on March 16.
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