Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane understands an early goal will be crucial in unsettling Al Ahly in their CAF Champions League quarterfinal return leg at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday, kickoff at 15:00
“We don’t know their [Al Ahly] approach but ours is to push forward to try and score as early as possible and we must not be desperate to say we should score in the first 10 minutes,” said Mosimane
“Yes, if the chances are there we’ll take it, but you have to be patient. We’ll see what their approach is. if the approach is to sit back and not give us space the five [goals] will remain just a wish. But if they play open maybe we can.”
‘The Brazilians’ suffered a 2-0 defeat against the Egyptian giants in Cairo last Saturday and Mosimane says despite his side boasting an impressive 18-game run without defeat at home since 2017, they have a mountain to climb and thrashing Al Ahly 5-0 again is unlikely to happen.
“You wish you can get [a 5-0 margin] but we have to be realistic because results like that come around once in a while and maybe we might not ever have that in our lifetime. But at the end of the day you wish for that, but it is possible. Yes. Is it easy? No, it’s not gonna be easy.
Mosimane went on to say that this is the “toughest” edition by far.
“The Champions League is tough and this one is the toughest because you have all the big boys in the last eight. Mazembe lost, Etoile lost, we lost … everybody who played away lost. It’s the biggest of them all and it might never happen in CAF history the way it is.”
“But what we’d like is to cherish the opportunity as Mamelodi Sundowns. This is history for us. We are part of the top eight clubs in the continent. It’s a good life, but [has its] hardships. You want to be there as a coach,” added the former Bafana Bafana coach.
By FARPost Reporter