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Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane: I will not change the system against Zamalek

Pitso Mosimane

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Mamelodi Sundowns manager Pitso Mosimane spoke to the media ahead of hosting Zamalek SC in the first-leg of the CAF Champions League final on Saturday.

The South Africa-based club progressed to the final after beating Zambian side ZESCO United 3-2 on aggregate, losing the away leg but recovering in the home leg.

Ahead of the encounter with Zamalek, Mosimane dismissed any ideas of having a home advantage in the first match, claiming that playing at home will not benefit either teams.

“When you play away, the home team is under pressure, because if you score one goal, they have to score two to beat you,” he said.

The 52-year-old is confident in his team’s way of play and he will not be looking to change the team’s tactics ahead of the tough encounters.

“We have a slightly different playing style to that of the Arabs, who are not comfortable to deal with the way we play,” he claimed.

“We have a plan for Saturday. The plan is to stay the way we are. We played the same way against Zesco United‚ scoring two goals,” he pointed out, and continued, “So let’s stay on this story of two goals. It’s been consistent‚ so let’s not spoil it.”

He added, “So I will go with what I know‚ what has brought us to the final‚ and I think the coach will do the same thing on the other side. Top coaches don’t change things – your Mourinhos‚ Guardiolas, they don’t have a new plan on a new day – and then you want to pull a rabbit out of a hat‚ and it backfires on you.”

Mosimane emphasized his and his players’ desire to be crowned champions, explaining that the loss in the MTN8 final was a lesson that his team learned from.

Sundowns was the favorite to beat Bidets Wits in the MTN8 earlier this month, but the game ended 3-0 in favor of the underdogs.

Pitso Mosimane emphasized, “In every game we play we learn lessons. We learnt a lesson against Wits in the MTN8 final and we want to take that with us to the game against Zamalek on Saturday.”

“It’s not about what people think about you as a better team but what you can do as a team in fighting to win that trophy. We will be hungrier both on Saturday and in the second-leg so that we can lift the Champions League trophy,” he claimed.

The Zamalek team has already been flown to South Africa ahead of the game at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday, before hosting Mamelodi Sundowns at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria on October 23rd.

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