Mosimane rues Champions League gamble

2020-01-30 12:07
Pitso Mosimane
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has admitted he made a mistake by not playing a full-strength side when they faced Petro Atletico in the CAF Champions League last week.

Needing a victory to secure first place in their group, the Brazilians made several changes their side and needed a late equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw.

Mosimane's side is currently two points clear of Wydad Casablanca, their opponents in Pretoria on Saturday, meaning they need to avoid defeat to secure top spot in the group.

"The plan is to finish on top of the group and at this point, we are top, but we still might not qualify as the group winners until match-day six happens," Mosimane was quoted as saying by Phakaaathi.

"Unfortunately, we still have to play for results, and I thought we won't play for results against Wydad," Mosimane was quoted as saying by Phakaaathi.

The reigning Absa Premiership champions are hoping to win a second Champions League title after the trophy in 2016.

They face a familiar foe in Wydad, who beat them in the semi-final of last year's competition.

"Every coach wants to win the tournament and every coach believes that they can win any match,” added Mosimane.

"Yes, it not easy, there are teams that are very strong in this competition and realistically it is not easy to win this tournament, but you need to go as far as you can. Last year we went to the semi-finals to we need to try."

In recent years Sundowns have beaten Wydad in Pretoria twice.

Kick-off is at 15:00.

- TeamTalk Media


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