South-Africa

Sundowns ready to make life difficult for Casablanca

2019-01-18 10:37
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes Saturday's CAF Champions League Group A clash with Wydad Casablanca will be extremely tight and cagey.

Sundowns are set to host the Moroccan giants at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium in Pretoria with a kick-off time of 21:00.

The game could be a crucial one for the Brazilians as they lost their opening game in the competition 2-1 to Nigeria's Lobi Stars on 11 January.

Meanwhile, Wydad hammered ASEC Mimosas 5-2 and currently top the standings. Nonetheless, Mosimane expects the North African team to employ defensive tactics.

He told reporters: "They know how to win a match, they know how to get a result here, they know how to get a point here and they always steal a point from us. Last year, they stole a point (because) we made a big mistake.

"They're smart, you must remember I am in Morocco all the time and I'm with the coaches here. They are not going to come here and try and show us if they can beat us, no, they know, if you get a point, it's done.

"They know when we get there, they put 70 thousand people there, I think each and every 10-12 square metre there is a big drum, we have one or two here, there's a big drum and they hit it and that's where the stress and that's where pressure comes, it's a sea of red, pressure on us, pressure on the referees and it becomes difficult.

"But, we make it also tight for them, we play the same way they play so if they beat us it will be 1-0, or sometimes it's a draw, so, it's like that, it's Champions League."

The visitors are in top form in their domestic league as they currently top the standings. Coach Faouzi Benzarti expressed confidence about his side, telling Radio Mars: "Sometimes, the team goes through bad passages but still manages to deliver outstanding performances."

In team news, two key performers for the away outfit could be attackers Michel Babatunde and William Jebor.

Whereas Downs are without Toni Silva who is on the verge of securing a move to an unnamed club in Egypt.

 

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