Larsen: We’ll park the bus against Downs

Mamelodi Sundowns

The former Orlando Pirates wingback has been criticised in the past for his defensive approach when facing big sides.

However, he feels Sundowns' 4-0 thumping of Baroka on Tuesday shows the danger of going toe-to-toe with "the best club in the land".

"Ja we'll park the bus again," Larsen tells ahead of Sunday's clash with Downs at Princess Magogo Stadium (15h30).

"Every team that plays against Sundowns knows that if you play to Sundowns' strength they will punish you. Look at Baroka, Baroka played an open game and look what happened to them, the score could have been six or seven.

"So we do what we have to do to try and get the results. If they feel there's a bus being parked then they've got the players to move the bus, they've proven that before. They are a quality team. They can break down any defence in the country. So ja, I don't think it's a matter of buses. Whether we play medium, high or low... that we will decide on match day how we approach it. But the principle of defending is always to get the numbers behind the ball. So if you call it parking buses then it's your choice.

"It's a nice game to be involved in like it usually is when you are playing against the best team in the country. Nobody gives you a chance to get a result against them. So ja, I think all the pressure is on Sundowns to win the game. But as for us we will go out and do the best we can against the best players, against the best coach and against the best club in the land. We'll just go and give it our best and try to enjoy the occasion as the players always look forward to these types of games. It's good for the coaches as well to be the underdog to the mighty Sundowns. It's a nice challenge to us. Not much psyching up [needed) when playing the big teams, I'm sure you hear that story all the time. Players always try to come with their A-game and hopefully that will motivate them to give us a good performance."