The difference between Gavin and Pitso

Posted: 22 February 2019 Time: 20:30

They are arguably the two best coaches in the PSL, outspoken too, and they’ve got the titles to back it up.

Gavin Hunt and Pitso Mosimane are two men who are passionate about the game and never get tired of winning, despite the long list of achievements on their CVs. Hunt has transformed Bidvest Wits from a side happy with finishing in the top eight into a title challenging side, while Mosimane has Sundowns challenging the best clubs in Africa for the biggest prize in club football on the continent – the CAF Champions League, which they’ve already won of course.

A man who has worked with both coaches, Ricardo Katza, spoke to about differences in how the coaches go about their business in training and ahead of big matches, such as the one tomorrow where Wits will be hosting Sundowns in a top of the table clash.

"The difference between the two coaches is that Pitso will spend a lot of time analysing the opponents. I know that by this time the players at Sundowns know who was in the [Wits] starting line-up for the last three or four games. Pitso will have possible line-ups of Wits and he’ll have an idea of how they are going to play and what they are going to. Pitso will be more tactical.

"On the hand, when Gavin takes the lead at the top of the table he does not give it up easy. He is going to push his players to go all out against Sundowns, so it will be more physical from the Wits side. Because if you try play the way Sundowns plays, they are going to beat you because Sundowns are very good on the ball. The advantage Wits have is that they are very direct, but they are also physical. When you get physical with Sundowns, you are basically killing the minds and you are breaking up the momentum of their play because with Sundowns is all about having the ball at their feet.

"Also a game like this is where set-pieces are going to very vital. Wits have got good deliveries from set-pieces and they’ve got good headers of the ball. But lately I see they are playing a little bit more. They are not playing as much long balls as before. They’ve got good players and Cole [Alexander] makes them play.

"It’s going to be a tight one, I honestly don’t know who is going to win. Wits has got more to lose in this game because Sundowns have games in hand."

Article by: Tshepang Mailwane

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