Pitso bang on target
GAMEPLAN: SUNDOWNS GOT IT SPOT-ON AGAINST CITY RIVALS SUPERSPORT
Pitso Mosimane’s plot to tame crosstown rivals SuperSport United was to deal with their long balls from the back and nullify their wing play, which is something he believes he got right as Mamelodi Sundowns emerged 2-1 winners in the fourth edition of the Tshwane derby this season.
“The most important thing for us was to deal with how SuperSport United play. They play a lot of crosses and in the end they got their crosses the way they wanted and they created problems for us in the box but we defended well.
“We dealt with the ball from Clayton Daniels that went straight to Bradley Grobler or from the goalkeeper to Grobler and if we looked after that ball then we were almost okay for the match. It is their strength and everyone plays the way they want to play,” said Mosimane.
The victory saw Sundowns collecting their first maximum three points in three games following a draw with Bidvest Wits and defeat at the hands of Orlando Pirates almost a week ago. Mosimane described the past run of fixtures as a ‘difficult space’.
“To win against SuperSport is not easy, who can say it is easy? There’s no other team in the league who will play Bidvest Wits, Orlando Pirates and SuperSport and easily say they will win, it’s not like that. We respect SuperSport and the derby win was good for our people because it involved bragging rights since they beat us in the MTN8 and went on to win the cup.
“May is too far, anything is possible, imagine if we didn’t drop points against Wits twice and if we didn’t lose against Pirates, it says that this thing is still alive. You keep going but you get distracted because you are looking at the league. Then there is the
Champions League ...other people are looking at one thing and they have an advantage.” Meanwhile, Matsatsantsa a
Pitori coach Kaitano Tembo says his side will need to make up for the lost ground in the title race as they are among the outsiders for league honours.
“In terms of us improving on the log we needed the three points. We gave them a fight but losing three points at this point of the season is going to be a setback. We need to put this behind us and focus on our next game because there is no time for us to start thinking about the dropped points,” he said.