Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic believes his players are not feeling the pressure and are relaxed ahead of their next game against Black Leopards.
Despite leading the league on 44 points on goal difference over Mamelodi Sundowns, the Sea Robbers have dropped four points in their last three Absa Premiership outings.
An unconvincing last gasp victory over Bidvest Wits last Saturday also further added to speculation that the players were struggling to deal with the pressure of a title run-in.
However, Sredojevic does not think his squad are not coping and instead takes the view that his coaches and technical team absorb the pressure.
He said: "I will disagree that players are feeling pressure, because we are there to stand for them and taking all the pressure on us.
"We let the players express themselves and it's still, football-wise, huge space to improve and develop, and we want to first recover from this match.
"We'll welcome (Thembinkosi) Lorch back from suspension and we expect to come fully focused and concentrated on Wednesday's game, where I want to invite our supporters to come and support us because their presence is a special driving force and helps us to give our best."
Wednesday's clash with Leopards is set to kick-off from 19:30 at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg.