To be fair, it's a reality for Chiefs that if they fall short against Benni McCarthy's charges, it could leave them without a trophy for four full seasons since they are seven points behind log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns with six matches remaining in the league.
Middendorp continued: "We will prepare ourselves, going with the right mentality and show the right attitude. I think that will be crucial with the players we have and we have enough potential. We have a quarterfinal and we can go to the semifinals."
He admitted that there's pressure to finally come good and get the Amakhosi faithful smiling again.
"Listen, if a coach is saying, 'ah, there's no pressure', believe me that's absolutely nonsense. If you don't have pressure... go home and sell insurance or do something else."