Masandawana recently overcame Platinum Stars, extending their lead at the top of the Premier Soccer League (PS) table to four points over closest title hopefuls Cape Town City as they put on a sensational and ruthless display, something which fans have become accustomed to seeing of recent times. This has led the Sundowns mentor to claim that this team is the best he has seen in five years at the club.
“In reality, the one that we won, the CAF Champions League (in 2016), is the one that’s on the pedestal until another team takes it,” Mosimane was quoted as saying by The Star.
“We don’t want to talk about what’s on paper. It should be there on the pitch.
“We have to beat 71 points (a record haul to win the championship in 2016) and win the Champions League. And try and win one or two games in the Fifa Club World Cup.
“That team also won the Telkom Knockout. In the past, we have also won the Nedbank Cup. You can only measure with what has happened before,” he added.
Sundowns recently bolstered their attacking department with the signings of Jeremy Brockie, Aubrey Ngoma and South American Gaston Sirino, and the 53-year-old believes that the current crop of players have the potential to be even better than the side which sensationally won the league by 71 points.
“My opinion: the team is playing much, much better,” he said.
“I have never seen a team that plays so well in my five years here at this club, even the one that got 71 points.
“This team is more convincing. They are bullies because nobody plays against them. I am yet to see a team that can play against them. I am not saying win, because we lost to AmaZulu, but I am talking about the way they play. I am yet to see a team that plays like this,” he explained.
“They start early, score goals in the first half, like two against Ajax, one against Pirates. We will probably have more goals this year,” he continued.
Meanwhile, Mosimane believes that the club’s newest introductions will add to the level of competition within the dressing room.
“They will improve. The quality is good. But it is important for me to respect the team that has put us top of the log,” he said.
“There is competition, and the new ones will slowly come in. The important thing is that the quality is good. And you have to understand why we took the foot off the pedal in the second half.
“We have been leaking goals, and we wanted a clean-sheet. We have been leaking goals, and we wanted a clean-sheet. A 3-0 looks good, because there have been so many goals against us,” he concluded.