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Mamelodi Sundowns' style of play is inspired by Atletico Madrid and three other European teams

Posted: 24 April 2018 Time: 13:00

Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana has revealed which European teams they model their game around.

Sundowns have been the most consistent side in the PSL and play some good football, with the likes of Percy Tau, Gaston Sirino, Themba Zwane and Sibusiso Vilakazi moving around in various attacking positions, which makes it difficult for the opposition to plan on how they will stop Pitso Mosimane’s side.

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They don’t have a number nine – a target man upfront – unless they bring on Jeremy Brockie in the second half to alter their tactics.

In midfield Kekana and Tiyani Mabunda protect the back four, but they are often given freedom to get forward.

Defensively Sundowns are usually solid and their style of play allows their fullbacks to make forays upfield.

“At the moment, we are looking at Atletico Madrid, how they defend. And when we attack, it’s a combination of how Manchester City, Napoli and Barcelona attack. We are trying to hard to make sure that we combine the things that will help our team,” Kekana says.

“We really want to see ourselves doing well as a team because we see how other teams do things. We’ve been to the [FIFA] Club World Cup and we saw how the Japanese do things. We are trying to emulate what they do.”

Kekana will be back from suspension when they take on Maritzburg United in the Absa Premiership at Harry Gwala Stadium tomorrow (19h30). He missed the Nedbank Cup semi-final against the Team of Choice at the same venue on Sunday.

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Article by: Tshepang Mailwane
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