Mamelodi Sundowns – Barcelona Preview: The Brazilians look to stun the Spanish giants
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Masandawana host the Catalans at FNB Stadium on Wednesday evening, looking to show their worth against one of Europe's powerhouses

Mamelodi Sundowns are hoping to make history and beat Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona as the two sides meet in an international friendly on Wednesday.

The Brazilians will welcome the Catalan giants for the second time in South Africa following their first meeting at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in 2007.

Although Pitso Mosimane was not in charge of the side back then, but ex-coach Gordon Igesund, the former Bafana Bafana boss will want to brighten his curriculum vitae with a win against the world’s best side.

Barca had the likes of Brazilian legends Ronaldinho, Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o and others, as they clinched a 2-1 win in front of a packed Loftus venue, but the retired Surprise Moriri netted for the hosts.

Ahead of this clash dubbed the 'Champions vs. Champions', the event is set to celebrate the 100th birthday of former South African president Nelson Mandela, who passed away in 2015.

The Tshwane side is fresh off a 0-0 draw against Bloemfontein Celtic and a 1-1 draw against Wydad Casablanca in their opening Caf Champions League match a week ago.

Despite the stalemates, Mosimane’s troops will be boosted by the fact that they have secured their eighth Premier Soccer League (PSL) crown which they lifted on Saturday in Bloemfontein.

Against the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta, the Brazilians are set to test their mettle and quality against the world’s finest players.

The 2016 African champions will be banking on the likes of attackers such as Percy Tau, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Gaston Sirino to unlock the visitors to bag their historical win.

For the visitors, their trip to the FNB Stadium where some of the players lifted their World Cup trophy in 2010, comes on the back of a 5-4 defeat against Levante last Sunday.

Barca manager Ernesto Valverde will want to honour the fallen apartheid hero, with a win as his men are set to celebrate their La Liga crown.

They are yet to finish their 2017/18 season and will do so against Real Sociedad at home on Sunday as they will be officially crowned as champions.

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In a highly anticipated encounter, the authorities have already announced that the game is a sold out affair.

Although, a result will not matter that much in this clash, the PSL champions will be hoping to measure their tactical quality against one of the football playing sides when it comes to possession football.

 

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