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An away goal in the MTN semifinal first leg against neighbours SuperSport United was pleasing for Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, who described Sunday’s 1-1 first-leg draw as “difficult”.

“It was a difficult game for us against an awkward opponent,” he said after the stalemate at Atteridgeville in what was SuperSport’s home game and which now gives Sundowns an advantage should the tie have to be decided on the away goals rule.

“They played to their strengths and they gave us a hard time the way they played. A lot of setpieces, a lot of crosses.

“They have the personnel to play like this and then why not play to your strengths. (Bradley) Grobler, (Thamsanqa) Gabuza, Bongani Khumalo, Clayton (Daniels), (Evans) Rusike … those are gladiators. They played to their strengths and we should respect that,” said Mosimane.

“But we managed to deal with them. My team selection was different. That’s why I opted for Wayne Arendse because of the aerial challenge but they still troubled us on setpieces.

“We didn’t have the personnel to match them (in the air).

“But as long as they didn’t score on a setpiece.

( Read More ) [via @SuperSportTV]

By Ian Dei

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