Pitso Mosimane, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns
Tuesday Apr 02, 2019. 13:00
Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane was content to have come away with a point on his club's trip to Orlando Stadium on Monday evening.
The Brazilians were under the pump for large portions of a thrilling encounter that surprisingly ended in a goalless draw. Mosimane, though, feels the result was fair to both his team and Orlando Pirates.
“It came out as expected, we pressed them at the top so that they don’t play, brilliant but they are a good team hey. They can move the ball well but we have to manage the game. It’s okay,” Mosimane told SuperSportTV in the aftermath.
“It’s a true reflection of the game. For me it was to move this game away. This game is gone. I can focus on the rest. I have Chippa [United], [Black] Leopards, Baroka, SuperSport United. I need to focus. This game was a thorn in the flesh. It was the same game we had of Maritzburg [United] before the [CAF] Champions League [but] at least we have four days to recover before the big game on Saturday [against Al Ahly].
“I have to give credit to the boys. They played two [CAF] Champions League [campaigns] in one season. Imagine if we had played Nedbank Cup what would have happened to us? You cannot play for Sundowns, play like this and you don’t live the right type of life. Your social life has to be proper, these boys are soldiers. They play football the proper way.
“We wanted to win, to be honest we always win here, I’m not bragging but tonight was very difficult. Pirates is a good team. They played very well, we can take a point. It’s okay," he concluded.
Victory leaves Sundowns top of the Absa Premiership standings, three points clear of the Buccaneers in second.