Pitso: We are playing a rested Pirates

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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes Orlando Pirates will also have their own advantage going into this evening's massive league clash at Dobsonville Stadium.

Sundowns returned to football in a great style on Saturday after beating a plucky Bidvest Wits side 3-2 in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals in Soweto.

The Brazilians now head into their long-awaited Absa Premiership match against Pirates with the small advantage of having tasted the new football rules under the Covid-19 guidelines at Orlando Stadium.

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Sundowns are four points behind Kaizer Chiefs and a win over Pirates would close the gap between them and Amakhosi to one point.

"It's going to be tough. We are playing a team that is resting and watching when we have people with hamstring [injuries] and that. But they will have their own chance. Everybody is coming," Mosimane said after the win over Wits.

"So it's an advantage because we have played and a disadvantage because we are playing against a rested team."

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Mosimane has conceded he is finding it difficult to play naturally under the new restrictions.

"You can't comment until you have been to it. Only four teams can talk about football in Covid-19. It's the teams that played. Those who haven't played cannot comment, they must comment after. It's tough, it's a difficult space," Mosimane continued.

"Yes, we have a little bit of information ahead of Orlando Pirates to be honest. We can say it's a little bit of advantage because we know. I don't know how many times I asked the bench and I asked the referee.

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"I said, 'Do I still have a substitute to make?' They say, 'Hey, you have a substitute but you only have two to go because you have already made three.' It's confusing.

"Half-time substitutes don't count as a substitute, and so I kept asking Lux [September] all the time, 'Hey Lux, explain this to me.' It's really difficult, it's not easy.

"You might know the rules but when you are under stress and under pressure, anything goes out of your mind. That's football under Covid-19."

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