- Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane has admitted Wednesday clash with Barcelona is not about winning
- He said the match would allow him and his coaching staff to assess how Sundowns compares to a top European team and how the PSL rates against La Liga
- Mosimane said the game was like seeing the difference between the Rand and the Euro, and to find out if Sundowns can play in their trademark fashion against Barcelona
Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane has admitted that his side’s clash with Spanish giants Barcelona is not about winning. Mosimane said the match would provide him and his coaching staff with some valuable insights.
Mosimane said the game was like seeing the difference between the Rand and the Euro and would allow him to assess how Sundowns compares to one of the top European sides and how the PSL rates against La Liga.
Mosimane was under no illusion about his side’s chances of beating the five times European champions and said the match would be more about seeing how long they could keep Barcelona from scoring.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mosimane has been at great pains to ensure Sundowns has a unique identity since he arrived at the club some five-and-a-half-years ago. He wants to see how that identity which places value on having fun stands up to some of the toughest competition in the world.
“For me, personally, it’s also to see how far our tactics are in relation to Barcelona. Of course, we won’t stop Barcelona from playing – nobody stops Barcelona from playing. They score a goal every 13-14 minutes – and I’m talking about [against] Real Madrid hey, not Mamelodi Sundowns. So then you can’t have stress, you’re happy to play and see how long we can last before the first goal comes,” he said.
Mosimane is understandably proud of the identity and character he has built into the team since his arrival and feels that even if the team wore a different strip they would still play in a way which would make it clear they were Mamelodi Sundowns.
He said his side has its own way of playing and don’t rely on hope. Mosimane noted that the club only signed players who would fit into the existing structures.
Mosimane said for him the match was about having fun and enjoying the experience and to see if Barcelona could stop the Sundowns attack if the team played in its trademark way.
Mosimane told KickOff.co.za: “It’s not about who will win, I think we know who will win – we expect Barca to win, to be honest. Not to say we don’t have confidence, but reality has to be there. If we win, it’ll be unbelievable.”
The match will take place at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening, kick-off is scheduled for 18:15. All tickets have already been sold out.
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