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'Defensive mistakes cost us'

2009-03-20 11:06

Pretoria -  Mamelodi Sundowns’ coach Henri Michel has admitted that his team lost to a better side after suffering a 4-1 defeat against SuperSport United at the Super Stadium on Thursday night.

Michel watched in disbelief as Liberian striker Anthony Laffor ran circles around his charges before thumping in three goals and creating another to give United an emphatic victory over the Brazilians.

Speaking in a post-match interview in Atteridgeville on Thursday, the Frenchman said the final score was a true reflection of the game.

“They were the better team. We failed to do what the opposition did on the field and the scoreline shows the big difference.

“We were let down by defensive mistakes and also failed to make use of the goalscoring opportunities that came our way, and hence the final score remained at 4-1 in favour of SuperSport United.”

With results failing to come his way since he joined Sundowns last year, Michel also down played suggestions that his days are numbered at Chloorkop.

“At this moment I am not focusing whether my contract is renewed at the end of the season or not, but rather getting this team to achieve the kind of performance I that I expect.

“We may have failed to get good results, but I am very happy with the positive things that I have achieved at Sundowns. We have improved lot in terms of our physical and tactical aspects of football.”

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  • Warren Khoza - 2009-03-20 12:08

    Its time for Sundowns to fire the coach. He doesn't speak English, the players doesn't speak English. What do you expect? They also need someone who understand the player better. I was suprised to see Dio Sibisi being played as a right winger. They need to get wingers else they won't win games. Suprise Moriri can score goals but it doesn't make him a stricker, he is a creative player in the middle of the park. motsepe must just fire the coach hence I fail to understand why Trott moloto and Ted are not assisting the poor french man because he is confused.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-20 12:17

    This Michel Guy must just go. simple, He's playing parthetic football in the history of sundowns. DOWNS were known of playing the ball, piano and Shoe shine, carpet football, but now they defend from the first whistle he must go go go go and never come back here.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-20 12:21

    This Michel Guy must just go. simple, He's playing parthetic football in the history of sundowns. DOWNS were known of playing the ball, piano and Shoe shine, carpet football, but now they defend from the first whistle he must go go go go and never come back here.

  • veebot - 2009-03-20 12:24

    “We may have failed to get good results, but I am very happy with the positive things that I have achieved at Sundowns. We have improved lot in terms of our physical and tactical aspects of football.” - tell that to the chickens mr michel...!!!

  • lukhanyo - 2009-03-20 12:43

    Hiring a French speaking ccoach in a country where players are still struggling to converse with the Queen's language was ill-advised. Motsepe must swallow his pride and let the man go. A coach's role is to inspire players and how do you do that when you can't speak with them. Bravo to Supersport for embarassing us, we needed this for Motsepe to see that he brought a wrong person for the job.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-20 12:56

    I watched in disbelief as Supersport united dismantle Sundowns with ease and precision.I now starting to believe that Sundowns its an ordinary team with over-paid average players with big reputation that counts nothing in the field of play.I don not blame the coach but the quality of players at his disposal.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-20 13:08

    There is nothing wrong with what happened last night, if two teams are playing against each other, they can't both win from the same game. The thing is that people expect Sundowns to win all their games and that is impossible. To me a chiefs fan, I've learned that there will always be good times and bad times, you guys must learn this.

  • Syd - 2009-03-20 13:15

    I for one differ will a lot of what has been said. How many times are we going to hire and fire coaches. The problem with Sundowns is the same problem with SA football. We have a lot of gifted players but to date, our team struggle to score goals. The issue then is quite obvious, we fail to play according to a set structure and discipline. How can you enter any match without a natural left and right wingers. To me that sounds like suicide. The only team that really plays with sstructure, flair and belief is SSU and probably Ajax. I even question our National selectors for ignoring Klaite, persisting with Pienaar and Modise out wide. Back to Downs; I do not see why we cannot play a mid-field consisting of Nyandoro, Moriri, Mmotong and get a natural left winger.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-20 13:15

    I am very proud of south african coaches. They are showing us that, they know what they are doing. Now is the right time for the so-called big teams to recognise our local coaches. Dr Motsepe, please look around the country, we have good coaches.

  • small king - 2009-03-20 13:17

    I feel sorry for the poor coach.He has changed shoe shine soccer which downs used to play.I suggest that he must leave and recall TOVEY

  • Syd - 2009-03-20 13:25

    I for one differ will a lot of what has been said. How many times are we going to hire and fire coaches. The problem with Sundowns is the same problem with SA football. We have a lot of gifted players but to date, our team struggle to score goals. The issue then is quite obvious, we fail to play according to a set structure and discipline. How can you enter any match without a natural left and right wingers. To me that sounds like suicide. The only team that really plays with sstructure, flair and belief is SSU and probably Ajax. I even question our National selectors for ignoring Klaite, persisting with Pienaar and Modise out wide. Back to Downs; I do not see why we cannot play a mid-field consisting of Nyandoro, Moriri, Mmotong and get a natural left winger.

  • Albert - 2009-03-20 13:25

    Michel has overhauled Sundowns system and he plays key players out of position. The first ever coach to play with four defensive midfielders in SA. He adjust the team every week expecially the defence; given the number of matches he coached at Sundowns he should have adapted to the SA play and the "Average" players that he claims he has at his disposal. The man is clueless and must go before further humiliation can be inflicted to the kings of carpet football. If Motsepe keeps him Sundowns will be relegation candidate next season and chances are this season we will not even make the top five. He must go 700 000 p.m for a below average coach is ludicrous.

  • JOSIAH LEBELO - 2009-03-20 13:36

    I'm deeply concerned as a die-hard Sundowns supporter not just a fan. I was at Tshwane-Derby game.It's so sad and demotivating,discouraging to see Sundowns loosing with no dignity,no wingers,mispositioning of players and this mess has been running quite a long time. How can a good frcoach put defenders like Spencer in the front? Though we win and loose some with the coach and players, this is contradicting reflecting on coach 's failure to be technical. With due respect our Pres Motsepe should deploy Mr Trott or else Neil Tofey back. Our team played a street football with no shape. Lets close the stable door prior the horse is stolen,i mean before everything fall apart at Sundowns. I trust our Pres Motsepe will react soon. The last but the least we need Alex to draw supporters to come back to stadium . We need his nique way of talking and praising players. Frm Mamelodi East BRACH

  • Albert - 2009-03-20 13:38

    Motsepe football is not financial market where you can apply derivates to protect your down-side risk. We need someone who will ran Sundowns and this person could have known better that Trott Moloto was and is the best person for the job. A great team does not emerge by throwing money at all the problems you have; problem are sorted by improving players awareness and didication to the cause and long-term investment will always yield better results. So the biggest mistake that exceeds the global crunch is Michel please go we won't miss u!!!!!

  • JOSIAH LEBELO - 2009-03-20 13:47

    Firstly i give credit to Supersport and it's a lesson to Sundowns to organize the house in order. We lost like teams that play in a street with no formal pattern. I'm questioning our coach 's technical skills of reading the game. Please our Pres Motsepe do something to deploy Mr Trott or else Mr Tofey. We are no longer playing attractive football. If he cant prove his ability with few quality players that he has currently; what more can he do best with extra players? I'm concerned with passion for our inconsistency team unlike complaining. Up the sky, hope we will change and progress.

  • Fikile Mlisana - 2009-03-21 10:26

    21.03.09 I cannot believe that this Henry Michel is still in South Africa. When Paul Dolezar coached the team, Motsepe said he could not sleep properly because the team was not playing good football, I wonder how he finds sleep now with this no-good coach killing my favourite team

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