- Mamelodi Sundowns will be looking to defend their PSL crown this season
- If the team succeeds it will be a record ninth time the club has won the title
- History does not favour Sundowns, teams have struggled in the past to defend their titles
Local soccer fans are licking their lips in anticipation of the start of the new PSL season which is set to get underway with what should be a titanic clash between defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns and PSL giants Kaizer Chiefs.
Despite the season not even having started yet, many are wondering whether Mamelodi Sundowns will successfully defend their title from last season. History has taught fans and pundits alike that the PSL can be notoriously difficult to predict and teams rarely if ever win back-to-back titles.
Mamelodi Sundowns will be looking to win a record ninth PSL title this year and a fourth title for the ever-animated Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane.
Briefly.co.za gathered that arguably the biggest challenge Sundowns will face in their attempt this year will not come from another club but could result from the club’s own success.
If then Brazilians reach the final stages of the CAF Champions League competition their local campaign is very likely to suffer. South African teams have traditionally struggled to successfully compete on the continent and keep momentum at home going.
The one exception to that rule being Mamelodi Sundowns. This season could be more taxing on the club as Mosimane has chosen not to grow his squad and has lost some key players. While he could make up for quality, players are likely to feel fatigued by the end of the year which could affect their performance in the latter stages of the PSL season.
Kickoff.co.za reported that fellow PSL giants Orlando Pirates probably represents the biggest danger to Sundowns. The Soweto giants surged back to form last season to finish second and the club has made big strides in strengthening its squad.
Pundits have predicted that the Buccaneers could run rampant this season.
Kaizer Chiefs are also a threat despite many having written the club off because of its lack of pre-season form, no real bolstering of the squad and the late addition of new head coach Giovanni Solinas.
So the answer to the question is if anyone can defend their title this Mamelodi Sundowns team can, whether or not the club will is another matter entirely.
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