Cape Town – Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso
Mosimane is aware of the danger Wydad Casablanca can cause his charges when two
sides clash on Friday evening.
The Brazilians left for Casablanca on
Monday morning having secured a spot in the semi-finals of the MTN8 after
beating Golden Arrows 2-0 on Saturday at Lucas Moripe Stadium.
Sundowns will fly to Morocco via Ghana and
will arrive in Casablanca on Tuesday morning.
Three days later they take on the reigning
African champions Wydad in their second last match of the group stage of the
CAF Champions League.
Wydad top Group C with eight points while
Sundowns sit in second place with five points.
Horoya of Guinea also has five points in
third place while AS Togo-Port are rooted at the bottom with three points.
“I don’t think that Wydad will give you an
opportunity for an all-out attack,” Mosimane said as quoted from the club’s
“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.
“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.
“Wydad are a difficult team. They know how
to manage the game. They play cleverly. You must be careful of penalties. They
are very good at 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 kettle of fish.
“It’s an awkward tournament. But we know
how to play it. It has its problems with travelling,” he added.
Kick-off is at 20:00 (SA time).