Arendse calls for Downs to be ruthless

Sundowns, who were knocked out in the quarterfinals last year as they surrendered the title they won in 2016, did not win any of their home matches in the group stages in the last edition of the competition.

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In the Absa Premiership, meanwhile, Sundowns have only managed to win four times at home, compared to the nine on the road. This is something they are looking to rectify when they host Rwandan side Rayon Sports in the first round, second leg tie at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday (19h00).

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The first leg ended in a goalless draw in Kigali last week.

“We need to be ruthless at home. We need to make the teams aware that once you play us it’s not going to be easy. We need to score more goals and be more dominant,” the former Santos defender says.

“People know who Sundowns is and we put ourselves there, but it’s a good thing for us. We need to bring our A-game and show the people why we won the Champions League and why we have a star on our emblem.”

Sundowns have to guard against conceding on home soil against the Rwandans, because that would put them under pressure as they did not get an away goal in the first leg.

“The second leg is going to be difficult, but the only way we can make it easy for ourselves is if we score. Not scoring in the first leg was a disappointment, but the positive was keeping a clean sheet,” Arendse says.

“So going into the game on Sunday we need to start very strong and we need to make our intentions known that we want to score early. Not just one goal, but two or three and then keep a clean sheet.”

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