Pitso Mosimane pleased as Mamelodi Sundowns continue dominance over SuperSport United

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The Masandawana boss was happy with their victory over Matsantsantsa in the Tshwane Derby

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane explained their strategy in dealing with a fresh opponent after beating SuperSport United 2-1 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Brazilians secured a win over their neighbours in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) match and it elevated the reigning PSL champions to third place on the log.

“You know sometimes it's important to get the balance because we want them to play the proper way of playing football,” Mosimane said to SuperSport TV.

“We don't want to kick the ball all the time, but at the same time we also know that once they lose it, like (Hlompho) Kekana lost the ball you are going to pay the price, but it's either you do that or you take it up to somebody to flick. I don't want that because it's not good for TV,” he said.

“So we need to play football, but as I told you, they will finish stronger because hey had he legs. We came on Friday (from Equatorial Guinea) and I understand the frustration and all that, I knew it was coming that they'll be stronger,” he explained.

Speaking about the likes of Morgan Gould who netted for the hosts, 'Jingles' said they are a strong team, but he was unhappy with the five minutes added on in the injury time.

“I mean how are you going to score when you have Morgan Gould, Bongani (Khumalo), (James) Keene. You know the story and we tried to manage it hence we put Wayne (Arendse) in the last minutes to deal with it,” continued the coach.

“But you know there's something I am not happy about, the referee says four minutes, but the guy outside puts five. I spoke to the referee and ask him how many minutes, he said four and the guy put five,” rued the coach.

“I said the guy put five and you know he said because your players are not running when we substitute them. I said I want you to show me on Uefa Champions League, EPL, La Liga and Serie A matches. It is the norm in South Africa that when you make a substitute players must run. Why must they run because you book them if they delay, he's coming out,” reacted the coach.

“So I don't know and somebody must educate me. I need to know this law that when you are substituted you should run and in South Africa they say you must run more especially when you are leading they say you must run. I need to be educated to clarify this and I am happy to be wrong,” added the Brazilians coach.

When asked about the derby living up to its expectations, the former Bafana Bafana coach said it is up to the media to measure the vibe of the derby.

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“I don't know about the game living up to it is billing, but we always find goals in the Tshwane Derby. We tried to play, we tried to defend with the ball because if you kick it all the time, they have the legs,” he answered.

“We just tried to play and delay with the ball, what are you going to do. But they are a good team, you could see they responded very well. Aubrey Modiba is an unbelievable player,” he noted.

“Yeah, we are happy we won the game, the triangles were good and sometimes Sundowns players when it looks a little bit easier, they show off instead of killing the game. We should have scored four in the first half let's be honest,” he concluded.

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