Mosimane: 'We got a point‚ but can do better'

Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane has admitted his disappointment after seeing his side held to a 2-2 draw by Petro Atletico on Saturday.

Downs claimed the lead through Gaston Sirino's first-half penalty, only for the Angolan side to bounce back in the second stanza with two goals of their own.

However, Masandawana held their nerve as they netted a late equaliser to maintain their position in top spot in their CAF Champions League group, ahead of match day 6.

Mosimane would have, of course, preferred to have seen his side nail down top spot in the group with a win on Saturday, and feels they were made to pay for a complacent attitude.

"We tried to win‚ but I don't know if we really tried very hard to win‚" said Mosimane, as quoted by SowetanLive.

"It is the mentality‚ sometimes the players know they have already qualified [for the quarter-finals] and they don't give the right intensity to the match.

"The (prize) is to finish top of the group‚ right now we are top‚ but we are still not qualified as top until match-day six happens.

"We still have to play for the result in South Africa. I thought we wouldn't have to‚ but we will."

When asked if there were any other factors that contributed to Sundowns sluggish performance, Mosimane added: "The obstacle [to winning] was ourselves.

"Maybe they could not take the heat‚ you must never underestimate playing at 14:00 in this weather.

"It was the same for both teams‚ but the home side understands the conditions of playing at this time.

"We can play quicker‚ but today we were slow in our build-ups. It is not the way we usually are.

"The team we played was missing a lot of players‚ but I am not happy with the performance. We got a point‚ but we can do better.

"We scored two goals away‚ which is good. We have not lost a game in the group and we have never achieved so many points away.

"We have got five points out of nine away‚ it helps us to be in a good position."

- TeamTalk Media

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