Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns’ coach Pitso Mosimane is excited to come
up against one of the best football teams in world football, Spanish giants
The Brazilians will take on Barcelona at FNB Stadium on
Wednesday in a friendly between the South African champions and the Spanish
champions, according to the club's official website.
The match is part of the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations. A
number of local and international dignitaries including Fifa president Gianni
Infantino will attend this big match.
“The Barca game is for the guys to get experience, to see
how far we are, what’s the difference between us and Barca and what’s the
difference between the PSL and La Liga,” Mosimane said. “But for me personally
it is about seeing how far our tactics are in comparison to Barca. Off course
we aren’t going to stop Barca from playing.
They score a goal in every 13-14
minutes. I am talking about against Real Madrid, not Mamelodi Sundowns. So then
you can’t have stress. You are happy to play. You say let’s see how long we can
last before the first goal comes.”
“It’s not about beating Barca or trying to match ourselves
against Barca. It’s just to see our organisation, the way we defend and attack.
We want to see how far we are in terms of that regard because we have our own
specimen. We’ve got our own software. We play our own way.
Even if we were to
take off the yellow jersey and wear a black jersey, you would still say that
this team plays like Sundowns. We’ve got our own way of playing and we have
mastered that. We don’t play with hope and when we sign players we sign players
who fit in the structure.
The Barca match is an opportunity to see the
difference between the Rand and the Euro. It’s just an opportunity to have fun
and see that if we play the Sundowns way, can Barca stop Sundowns.”
This match comes right after Sundowns were crowned league
champions for a record eighth time. On Monday the Brazilians paraded the trophy
in Tshwane before getting down to the serious business of preparing for the
match against Barcelona.
“It’s not about who will win,” Mosimane said. “I think we
all know who will win. We expect Barca to win, not to say that we aren’t
confident but the reality has to be there. If we win, it’s unbelievable. You
never know, maybe we can rise to the occasion and give them a scare. But I must
be honest with you, I am so excited about the game.”