Mamelodi Sundowns' Pitso Mosimane admits to tactical error against Wydad Casablanca
Posted: 18 September 2017 Time: 08:00
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane admitted that he got his tactics wrong in the first half of the CAF Champions League quarter-final against Moroccan outfit Wydad Casablanca.
Sundowns won the first-leg clash 1-0 at Lucas Moripe Stadium, thanks to a strike from second half substitute Yannick Zakri. It’s a slender lead to take to North Africa for the second leg on Saturday, but Sundowns have shown many a time that they can deliver away from home in this competition.
Sundowns enjoyed a lot of the possession in the first half against Wydad on Sunday, but they did little to trouble the opposition goalkeeper. The introduction of goalscorer Zakri at the start of the second period was the change they needed to find a chink in the opposition's armour.
They were a bit more forceful and they were rewarded with a goal that they desperately needed at the time.
"To be honest, it was a totally different game. That’s why I like Champions League because it’s totally different tactics to the PSL," says Mosimane.
"We struggled in the first half to break the ice, we struggled to get the rhythm, we struggled to play like Mamelodi Sundowns and you could see that the boys were getting frustrated.
"I think I did not get the tactics right in the first half. I thought the three-man midfield of Oupa [Manyisa], [Hlompho] Kekana and 'Vila' [Sibusiso Vilakazi] would help us to dominate the play. It helped us to dominate, but we did not look like scoring."
He continues: “Leo [Castro] was a little isolated upfront and we could not get more firepower upfront, so that’s why I changed in the second half."
Wydad, who were organised at the back, seemed happy with the result. They believe they can overturn the result in their backyard on Saturday.
"You can see this team is well organised and they are well coached. This was not parking the bus. They move properly and we could not get into the spaces in between. But we had to force and put the risk and say ‘let’s push’," says Mosimane.
After going the entire group stage campaign without a win at home, Sundowns supporters were delighted to celebrate a win on home soil.