- Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said he was proud of his side’s performance on Wednesday night.
- Barcelona FC coach Ernesto Valverde said it was an honour for his side to have played in the Mandela Centenary Cup, he added he was pleased with Barca’s performance
- Mosimane said there was a clear gulf between the sides which was like comparing the Rand to the Euro
Both the coaches of Mamelodi Sundowns and Barcelona FC said they were proud of their respective sides after their Nelson Mandela Centenary Cup clash at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Wednesday night.
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said he was proud of the way his side played even though the lost the match 3-1. He said he had encouraged the team to play from the back as they had become accustomed to doing.
“I’m proud of the team, they played well they played the way I wanted them to play. They tried to play from the back as usual but they paid their school fees because they put a lot of pressing traps,” Mosimane said
Briefly.co.za gathered that Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said he and his team were honoured to have been chosen to play in the Mandela Centenary Cup. Valverde added that he was pleased with his team’s performance.
“It’s a team with a lot of enthusiasm and the environment and atmosphere. I liked it very much. It’s been an honour to be invited to celebrate the 100 years of Mr Mandela," Valverde said.
He said African football supporters were always happy and wanted to enjoy every moment of each match. KickOff.co.za reported that Valverde said it was nice being in South Africa.
Barca never looked like they would lose the match and opened their account after just two minutes on the field. The Spanish giants punished Sundowns whenever they got an opportunity.
Mosimane said Barca’s performance showed that there was clearly a gulf in the levels between Sundowns and Barcelona, the PSL and La Liga and Africa and Europe.
“I think the difference is the Rand and the Euro, to sum it up," Mosimane said.
He added:"Ja, when they scored the first goal in the first minute, we started to say, ‘How many goals were coming? But we paid school fees tonight and I think you saw that.
Mosimane admitted that even if Sundowns managed to capitalise on the few errors made by Barca and managed to play without mistakes they would not have been able to match the Spanish side.
He said the differences in quality between the sides was clear to see.
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