Pitso Mosimane hails 'Champions League mentality' as hunger grows for more

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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has described his fifth Absa Premiership title as "the biggest heist ever" and also hit back at the doubters.

Mosimane led Sundowns to a tenth league title and a fifth under his reign with victory over Black Leopards on Saturday as Kaizer Chiefs choked at the final hurdle.

The latest triumph makes Mosimane the most decorated manager in PSL history, overtaking Ted Dumitru, Gordon Igesund and Gavin Hunt - who all won four titles each.

And the Masandawana mentor has aptly described his side pipping Chiefs in dramatic fashion on the final day of the season as "the biggest heist ever".

"The boys came from behind to steal it at the end, I think is a smash and grab, I call it a heist, the biggest heist ever," said Mosimane.

"But when you go with Mamelodi Sundowns toe to toe, you have to be sure of your endurance, we went toe to toe with Chiefs and Stuart Baxter. In three years', we won it twice. We went toe to toe with coach Gavin Hunt, one of the best coaches ever for two years, he won it once and I brought it back.

"We went toe to toe with Micho [Milutin Sredojevic] for two years, I kept it, I never gave it to them. And then Chiefs came back again in the scene and we refused that the trophy must come out of the cabinet at Chloorkop."

"So we have endurance and we can go long, you must have endurance and sustain it because we don't get tired, we go to Morocco, Cairo, Nedbank Cup final, Telkom Cup final, semi finals of the CAF Champions League [quarter finals], MTN8 semi finals and we don’t complain about heavy legs," he added.

"Yes, we do have injuries and played on the worst pitch in the PSL Bubble, but we managed because the boys have the experience, the Champions League mentality. I must thank everybody who has contributed to this.

"This one was a sweet trophy for me because there were a lot of doubters even internal at Sundowns, a lot of people not sure, doubting but the trophy is here," concluded Mosimane.

The Tshwane giants are chasing their first-ever treble after clinching the Telkom Knockout and Premiership title as they take on Bloemfontein Celtic in the final of the Nedbank Cup on Saturday.

- TEAMtalk media

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