We don’t need to get ahead of ourselves, warns Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse

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Arendse is confident that Masandawana can go all the way and win their eighth PSL title

Mamelodi Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse is determined to not let his side’s lead at the top of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) slip.

Masandawana are currently top of the league log, four points ahead of closest rivals Kaizer Chiefs. Sundowns will have an opportunity to move even further clear of the chasing pack when they take on Free State Stars on Wednesday evening.

But in spite of their recent success, previous experiences on the continent and domestically has taught them not to get too ahead of themselves, a sentiment shared by Sundowns veteran Arendse.

“Playing the Champions League and the league is totally different,” Arendse told The Star.

 “We had different formations in the different competitions because they require different things from you. Those are the small details that we fine-tuned (after slipping up in the league last season and the Champions League last year),” he said.

"We have improved in how to manage the game better. When we score we have to manage the game. The guys have learned from last season. The different competitions we have played in, including the Fifa Club World Cup, have toughened us,” he added.

While the Brazilians may have one eye on the weekend’s clash against cross-town rivals SuperSport United, Arendse is adamant that come game day their focus will first be on overcoming a tricky Ea Lla Koto.

"The main lesson for us is not looking at the last hurdle but pacing ourselves and looking at the first hurdle first, because if you stumble on that hurdle you might not reach the last one,” he said.

“The target for us is to stay up there, which means collecting maximum points as much as possible. It’s a totally different case for them (SuperSport),” he explained.

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“They want to get points so that they don’t drop into the relegation mix but jump into the top eight instead. We’ve been dominant in the derbies. At the back of their mind is that they need to win one derby at least. I think that it’s going to be a tough, physical game with a lot of kicking,” he continued.

"We don’t need to get ahead of ourselves. Free State Stars is our first obstacle and they are fighting for a place at the top. The good thing for us is that we know how to play these games with a lot at stake. We know how to deal with these rough games. We are experienced and we know what to do,” he concluded.

 

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