Freese: We'll bring down another giant

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Historically, Platinum Stars have dominated Sundowns with the Rustenburg side winning 11 of the 26 matches that they two sides have played since 2004.

The Brazilians have won eight of those encounters with the other seven ending in draws.

This history was repeated earlier this season when Platinum Stars defeated Pitso Mosimane’s side 2 – 1 in the MTN8 quarter-finals via goals from former Sundowns full-back Vuyo Mere and Ndumiso Mabena.

Sundowns have a poor record against Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palacemanaging just a single win in the last 10 matches between the two sides.

However, Freese is not reading too much into this well documented dominance over the Chloorkop-based side and insists that anything is possible in cup matches.

“Look, history and statistics do not really count for much in a cup match,” Freese tells   

“You can say that we did this and that in the past against them but that is for you guys to write about. Most of the players are probably not aware of these statistics so it will not be an issue on Sunday. What I know is that it will be an attacking game.

“I think Sundowns will come at us guns blazing because they have the players who have the skill to do this and this is their strength. We will be ready and let’s see. It will be an exciting match for the spectators.”

Freese – who reveals that all his players are fit for selection – underlined the importance of a victory: “We are the defending champions and we are under pressure to reach the finals.

"We won our match against Chiefs and I would like us to carry on with the winning momentum. It will be tough but we can prevail.

"We stopped Chief’s undefeated run and we will bring another giant down.”