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Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse calls for calm ahead of Wydad Casablanca

8:02 PM SGT 17/8/18
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The Masandawana defender says the Brazilians must play their normal game against the North Africans on Friday.

Mamelodi Sundowns centre-back Wayne Arendse has urged his team mates to respect Caf Champions League holders Wydad Casablanca.

The experienced Brazilians player was speaking ahead of their fifth Group C clash on Friday night away in Morocco.

Arendse says they must play with flair and freedom, and forget about the officiating as that may be distracted. 

The Brazilians are looking to avoid a loss at all costs to keep their knockout qualification hopes alive as they sit second in the group with five points.

“We need to play our game, not think about the crowd or the referee. As soon as that happens then that is when we will start making mistakes,” Arendse told the Sundowns website.

“When we won the Champions League the last time, we played our game, enjoyed it and did what we had to do - things like playing with flair and freedom. I think when we do that Sundowns are unstoppable,” he added.

“Yes, we need to give them some respect because they are the title holders, but obviously for us we look at them as a collective and recognise both their strengths and weaknesses,” he urged.

“What we need to do at the end of the day is to execute the coach’s plans. He has given us a few pointers from the previous time we played them and we must not think about anything else,” said the centre back.

“We know how important this stage of the competition is for us,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, coach Pitso Mosimane's men are chasing their second win in the group as they have two draws and a single defeat so far suffered at the hands of AS Togo-Port.

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