Sundowns must stay calm otherwise cup is theirs to lose

2016-05-05 06:00
 Pitso Mosimane

Pitso Mosimane

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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is warning against an emotive reaction to two cup exits inside a week as his club now turn their focus to keeping up their lead in the PSL championship chase.

“We’ll see how the players respond, how they bounce back but it is very important not to be emotional about it and make emotional decisions because we have come to a crucial stage of the season.

“An emotional reaction is not going to help us. We have to remain calm and we’ve got to be sober and look at our recent games and see where the problems are. We must continue,” he said.

Sundowns were eliminated from their top priority - the African Champions League – when they lost on the away-goals rule to AS Vita Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo last Wednesday. That bitter disappointment was compounded by a home loss, in extra time, to 10-man Orlando Pirates in the quarter-finals of the Nedbank Cup, a competition that Mosimane’s club won last season.

Sundowns now have just the league to aim for this season and have a six-point lead over nearest rivals Bidvest Wits ahead of the latest round of fixtures on Wednesday.

“We have to see who is OK and who is struggling. But it comes back to the same thing …we are an ambitious team and we want to win everything. So then mend what you have and leave what you cannot.

“How are you going to know if you don’t try and do it?” asked Mosimane. “I’m one coach who wants to try and I’ll only know the answer once I’ve tried all, unlike others who give excuses because they lost, saying ‘no, it’s a blessing in disguise’ or ‘no, we’ll focus on the league’. Not for us, thanks. We want to win everything. We are a big team.”

Sundowns were sailing along in their title bid and went 18 games without a loss in domestic competition before a sudden reversal at home to Celtic last month. But Mosimane is adamant that their bid for a second championship in three seasons remains firmly in their grasp.


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