According to coach Pitso Mosimane, Mamelodi Sundowns will be seeking nothing less than a win in their crucial CAF Champions League match against holders Wydad Casablanca, in Morocco, on Friday.
The two teams played to a 1-1 draw in Sundowns’ home leg in the group’s opening game. Casablanca lead the group with eight points, followed by Sundowns and Horoya, who are both on five points, with AS Togo-Port on the fourth spot with three points.
“I don’t think that Wydad will give you an opportunity for an all-out attack. They are a big team, they are a strong team. You will see a sea of red in the stands. You know the story. They will push us back. We need to be compact. We need to be smart. We can get a few breaks. You don’t get many opportunities there. But Sundowns always gets one or two chances to score. We need to manage that. If we don’t win, get a draw. But we mustn’t sit back and park the bus, we must play because they know that we can play. They saw it here that we pushed them,” Mosimane told the club’s official website.
“They respect us. I need to get the right balance in midfield for that match. I need tigers for that match, people who will grind to get a result. It might not look pretty but we must keep going and probing. If you get three points, then you’ll be happy. One might also be enough because we have to sort out Horoya here in our last game. That game is a do-or-die. We must beat Horoya here or otherwise in means we must win in Casablanca. The Togolese might do us a favour by causing an upset and holding Horoya to a draw because I don’t think they’ll win. It’s tough in Guinea.”
“Wydad are a difficult team,” Mosimane added. “They know how to manage the game. They play cleverly. You must be careful of penalties. They are very good in set-pieces. We conceded a goal from a corner kick the last time we played them. When the time favours them they delay the game. They do anything. You know the North Africans. The Champions League is a different cattle of fish. It’s an awkward tournament. But we know how to play it. It has its problems with travelling.”