Pitso Mosimane says Mamelodi Sundowns know what to expect from Wydad Casablanca in CAF Champions League
Posted: 10 July 2017 Time: 13:34
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says he knows what to expect from Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League quarter-finals in September.
Sundowns booked their spot in the last eight by finishing second in Group C following an underwhelming 1-1 draw with AS Vita at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday night, leaving the Brazilians three points behind Tunisian giants Esperance.
Wydad, meanwhile, finished top of Group D and will now have the advantage of playing the second-leg match in Morocco, where they will most certainly be expected to make life difficult for Mosimane’s men.
It also means another trip to North Africa for the reigning African champions, where they’ve played the likes of Zamalek, Esperance and ES Setif in the last 12 months.
Wydad finished their group campaign with 12 points from six matches, scoring seven goals and conceding just three times. None of those goals were conceded at home, which means Sundowns will have to dig deep to get an invaluable away goal.
“We are playing at home first, so they [Wydad] have an advantage. The North African teams play almost the same, the mentality is the same, the aggression is the same. They are very dangerous on set pieces and they are organised. There’s a lot of combination play,” says Mosimane.
“You need to match them with the attitude. With Vita, you did not see anybody falling for penalties or trying to annoy you and make you get booked. I’ve packaged almost everything for my boys, to understand the culture of North African teams and how they think.
"We are lucky that we have Fares [Hachi] in our team. He always tells us that North African teams will intimidate you, they feel superior and they are always in the referee’s face. So we know that we have to kill them here [at home],” he added.
Sundowns finished the group phase with no victories at home, a big surprise considering they were so strong in their backyard last year.
Mosimane, however, is not worried about the team’s home form going into the knockout phase.
"I no longer have the formula. It’s out of the window. Where are the home wins? They are no longer there. I am just happy that we have an improved team to play away from home,” he says.
“We went to Setif and we did our job. We went to Zamalek and we did our job. We went to Esperance and we had no issues. So we know how to play the North Africans.”
Sundowns will take a two-and-a-half-week break before returning to prepare for the new PSL season.