'Downs can't repeat last year's mistakes'

Last year Sundowns managed to register just one victory in three home matches, dropping four points as they missed out on a place in the knockout phase of the competition.

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One of the sides they drew with, Wydad Casablanca, will be back again at Lucas Moripe Stadium for a group match. Last year Wydad frustrated Sundowns as they held the 2016 champions to a 1-1 draw in Tshwane, but they know that they cannot afford to drop points this time, especially after losing their opening game 2-1 to Lobi Stars in Nigeria last Friday.

“In the Champions League there is no easy game. It’s not the result we wanted, it was not meant to be. Saturday it will be a tough one against Wydad and in each game we are looking at collecting three points,” the former Free State Stars shot-stopper said.

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“We are working hard and we know why we fell short last season. We know the mistake and we are working on it to make sure it does not repeat itself. We are playing at home and now we have to make use of home ground advantage, which is the thing we did not do last year.

“We lost to Lobi Stars, maybe a draw could have been a good result. We went for a win but we came up short, but we are working on it.”

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