Pitso explains Downs vulnerability

City hit Sundowns with a good goal on the break at Athlone Stadium, a fact Mosimane said he predicted was the only way they would score.

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“We lost to a good team, we lost to a good team who play to their strength. Nothing new on the way we lost and nothing new on the expectation of the game in terms of tactics,” Mosimane argued in his post-match analysis with reporters after Friday night’s game at Athlone Stadium.

“Very good team [City] who play on transition and it was the same when they scored against Orlando Pirates. They have the personnel to play on the break,” said the Sundowns coach.

“Unfortunately we cannot afford to sit and play on the break. We have to play football, we are Sundowns, we have to play forward. We can’t afford to be sitting and waiting and if somebody comes we catch them on the break. We have to be on the front foot, that’s our philosophy.

“It’s our culture. It’s like Barcelona. You never sit back, you have to attack. And when you do that you are vulnerable and you get exposed to counter-attack when you lose the ball and that is what happened to us.”

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It was a defensive error that led to Lebogang Manyama’s 59th-minute winner which elevated City to 38 points, five more than Sundowns, who have played four games fewer than the Cape Town outfit.

“I think Bangaly [Soumaharo] made a mistake, he headed the ball inside and we got punished for that. But it came exactly as we expected. I told my players at half-time, they [City] can only score on the break, not through combination play or anything else. And the goal came exactly like that.

“But we lost to a good team. We don’t complain, we accept, we have to take the loss. Why not? They deserved it. It’s okay!” Mosimane concluded.

Sundowns have the luxury of still having four games in hand on league leaders City and two games in hand on second-placed Bidvest Wits, who are four points ahead of The Brazilians.

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