Pitso not concerned about Sundowns goal statistics

Sundowns are level on points with Kaizer Chiefs, but their goal difference means they remain second on the log with five games to go
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane admitted after their win over Kaizer Chiefs that the team has not been doing well defensively, but said that doesn't give him sleepless nights.

The Brazilians have conceded 24 league goals so far this term and they find themselves second on the log, but Mosimane said that the plan is to score as many goals as possible without worrying about how many they concede.

"Our defense this year, on statistics, is not as good as last year," Mosimane told reporters. "I think we conceded very few goals (last season) because I was trying to save the team. We were bottom of the log.

"So, I had to make sure that we concede less, because there's talent to go forward. This team has got goals. We don't score 44 goals out of nothing. It is more than two goals per game and that's the plan. We are getting there. We have players who can score goals," he added.

Mosimane added that Sundowns are bound to be open at the back especially with their fullbacks spending most of their time in the oppositions' half. He feels Sundowns are more like Spanish giants Barcelona.

"If you have your fullbacks like Mzikayise Mashaba, who spend his time as a left-winger and Rama (Mphahlele) or Moon going up and down then you are bound to open at the back.

"It is the same as Barca. Barca cannot keep easy cleansheets, because Dani Alves is up there and they are all up there," he explained.

The Sundowns mentor reiterated that he'd rather concentrate on scoring more goals than on shutting the back door, because he has players who are capable of scoring goals.

"There are teams in the league that have a very good defensive record because they sit back, but I don't want to score 20 goals when I have Khama (Billiat) and all other strikers to score goals and we will concede goals because we want our fullbacks to go up.

"So, I am not worried about statistics of how many we score and how many we concede, because goals win you games,"  concluded Mosimane.

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