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Sundowns defender Arendse: The Egyptian crowd can be intimidating

Wayne Arendse

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defender has spoken ahead of their clash with Zamalek in the first leg of the final on Sunday.

The South African international highlighted the importance of not conceding any goals when they play at home.

“Yes, we have to ensure we keep it tight and keep a clean sheet at home so that they don’t have an away goal. That takes the pressure off the team and we have the players to do the business at the other end of the field, we’ll be looking to score at least one or two goals when the chances arise,” Arendse told the Premier Soccer League’s official website.

When asked if their two wins against Zamalek in the group stages of the tournament would help them going to into Sunday’s match, he replied: “We have played them twice already and won both games, but that does not mean we can take anything for granted. They know our game, we know their game, so it will be a tight final, decided by small margins.

The defender also expressed his joy playing on Egyptian grounds.

“I really enjoyed playing in Egypt, it was fascinating to see the atmosphere, the role the crowd play in the game. They can be intimidating, but when you’re on top of your game playing well, they change towards you.”

“It was also interesting to see the things their players did, playing for time, the little details and various ways in which they try to influence the game. Their set-pieces are also critical to them and they’re very dangerous in this area,” concluded the 31-year-old.

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