Downs are ‘un­der­dogs’

THEY’RE FAVOURITES, LOOK AT OUR PAST FOUR GAMES AND LOOK AT THEM ‘They have scored more than any­one else in the league’.

The Citizen (KZN) - - SPORT - Michael­son Gumede

Pitso Mosi­mane has ef­fec­tively thrown the ball into Or­lando Pi­rates’ court by declar­ing that Mi­lutin Sre­do­je­vic and his Buc­ca­neers are favourites in this af­ter­noon’s crunch Absa Premier­ship clash be­tween Mamelodi Sun­downs and Pi­rates at Lof­tus Vers­feld.

Mosi­mane in­sists their ri­vals have the up­per hand given their solid form this sea­son that sees them at the top of the ta­ble.

“They are favourites, look at our past four games and look at them. We have to play very well and the big­gest thing is to try and min­imise their space be­cause if you al­low them to have the space, they play well and they have very good in­ter­chang­ing passes, they move well and then we will be in trou­ble,” said Mosi­mane.

While the Sea Rob­bers look like the team to beat, Mosi­mane thinks he has spot­ted some weak­nesses in Mi­cho’s team, cit­ing their leaky de­fence as an area they can ex­ploit.

“Do Barcelona have weak­nesses? Yes. Do Ju­ven­tus have weak­nesses? Yes, I saw Manch­ester United beat them, so which team doesn’t have weak­nesses?

“Some­times the sta­tis­tics will tell you, when you look at the ta­ble, that be­sides the points and num­ber of games that you have played, there are other com­po­nents on the log that you can see and say ‘I think there is a weak­ness or a chal­lenge’.

“Ours is the num­ber of goals that we have scored but our de­fence is good,” said Mosi­mane.

“Their strength is in scor­ing goals, they have scored more than any­one else in the league and their coach knows how to win leagues. His CV is huge and that is the ad­van­tage. This year they want it more than any other time, they are a bit hun­gry, it has been too long for them,” he added.

In­ci­den­tally, the last time the Brazil­ians lost a league game in this cal­en­dar year was in this fix­ture back in Jan­uary. How­ever, Mosi­mane chose to dwell more on the me­mories of Downs thrash­ing Pi­rates 6-0 last year.

“I would like say that we beat them 6-0 in that game, I have got those me­mories but it is not go­ing to be a 6-0 again. We are play­ing a very good team that is bet­ter than us at this point.”

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