The win saw Sundowns extend their lead to seven points over the Citizens, who fell down the league table into fifth position, leading many to questions whether or not City’s title charge was done and dusted.
Most notably, assistant coach Vasili Manousakis, who took charge of City’s last two games in the absence of the suspended Benni McCarthy, conceded defeat regarding City’s title ambitions following the loss.
However, it seems that City boss John Comitis does not agree with his employee's assessment, suggesting that City have not lost the league title based on their defeat to the Brazilians.
“If we do fall away, it won’t be the loss against Sundowns that was the issue, instead it would be the fact that we haven’t won away games that we dominated,” Comitis said on the Cape Argus.
“If you just look at the games we had in the Free State recently, we dominated both, but only picked up one point,” he added.
Furthermore, Comitis remains optimistic that City’s title charge is not over just yet. Next up for the Mother City-based outfit, is an important clash against Kaizer Chiefs, and Comitis believes that victory against the Soweto giants will get their season back on track, as he expects Sundowns to still drop points.
“Other teams will take points off Sundowns, so all is not lost yet,” Comitis said.
“Our next league game is away against Kaizer Chiefs - if we win there, I think it puts us right back in it; if we lose that game against Chiefs, then, yes, I would say that’s it for the title challenge,” he concluded.
The next few weeks could be important for City in the title race as they will face Bidvest Wits after their clash with Chiefs.