Rulani reveals crucial tactical switch behind Sundowns win


Co-coach Rulani Mokwena reveals the tactical change that inspired Mamelodi Sundowns to a convincing 4-1 win over rivals Orlando Pirates at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Friday.

Sundowns extended their lead to 18 points at the top of the DStv Premiership standings after scoring four second-half goals as Pavol Safranko grabbed a brace.

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Mokwena detailed how a tactical switch by his technical team nullified their opponents.

"Pirates have some very good players," Mokwena said post-match.

"The structure in which they play made it very awkward for us in the way how Paseka inverts from left full-back to make their backline a back three.

"Then they overload the midfield with Lorch right in front of Ben Motshwari and Goodman Mosele where that four versus two situation gave us problems.

"But then we knew at half-time and made it clear by making a conscious observation to say that there are certain spaces in football you cannot defend.

"We decided to neglect those spaces at half-time and to focus on the spaces that was giving us problems which was the central area.

"Then we tweaked the system by giving Rivaldo Coetzee a different position and to push the full-backs a little bit higher.

"So that we could invite their wing-backs and withdraw Deon Hotto a little bit more which negated a huge strength of Pirates.

"We then regained control and then refreshed the legs in the latter stages but compliments to Mamelodi Sundowns on a very, very good performance."

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