Log leaders Sundowns have 'not targeted' any number of points in Premiership title race

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Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokoena has insisted that his charges have not targeted a certain number of DStv Premiership points before the CAF Champions League resumes next year February.

The Brazilians have rallied to 27 points after 11 matches and have a game in hand despite their disappointing 2-2 stalemate against neighbours SuperSport United on Wednesday in a thrilling Tshwane derby.

The log leaders are six points ahead of second-place Stellenbosch FC (21 points) with a bulk of league matches approaching before the year-break.

Sundowns conceded for the first time in 10 league matches against United and set a new Premier Soccer League (PSL) record as they chase a fifth consecutive Premiership crown.

Sundowns and AmaZulu have already secured a passage to the Champions League group stages and can entirely focus on domestic football.

'Third block'

However, the year-end break will last for over a month as the Premiership only returns in February due to the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) starting in January.

Mokoena admits that he does not want his charges to get ahead of themselves as the league is unpredictable, given past seasons' results.

"To be honest, we have not targeted a certain number of points. We have our own process where we have divided the calendar into certain blocks," Mokoena told reporters.

"We start now the third block, which is a new group of five games we have to participate in.

"It is a difficult group of five games, and we have a certain target for that, but for us, it's just taking it game by game.

"There is so much work that needs to be done. The season is so long.

"You've seen last season and the season before was a very good case study, when [Kaizer] Chiefs were a huge number of points, maybe 13 or 14 points ahead of us going into the last round of fixtures in the bubble.

"It is very easy to lose sight and then start counting your chickens before the eggs hatch."

Mokoena added:

The performances in the last two games have not been very good, and those are always the indicators. We're always looking at that. Sometimes the results can be misleading. We've won games where we haven't played very well, and that's where we have to start, to give performances that are worthy of three points.

Meanwhile, Sundowns are back in action on Saturday against third-place Sekhukhune United.

Kick-off is at 15:30.

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