Larsen: Celtic ready for Downs

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Phunya Sele Sele beat Downs 1-0 in last season's final, raising the ante for the upcoming battle at Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium.

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"Our preparations for the game against Sundowns have been going well," Coach Larsen tells

"We didn't start the season well but our performance has been very impressive in our last two games against Kaizer Chiefs and Mpumalanga Black Aces.

"We came back fighting against Aces after 1-0 down and we should have won the game the way we played in the second half.

"The team is now settling well and we are starting to see the best of Bloemfontein Celtic."

The Brazilians beat ten-man Celtic 3-1 in the Premiership in August, with John Arwuah shown a straight red card.

Larsen, however, expects a more competitive game this time round.

"This time it is going to be 11 vs 11," he says.

"Last time was not easy to play with 10 men and this time I expect a very competitive match.

"I believe Sundowns will be more under pressure as we are underdogs going to the match."

Larsen also mentioned the return of Lerato Manzini from injury. The striker netted a last-gasp equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Mpumalanga Black Aces last time out.

"Lerato has missed the first six games of the season but is working hard on his fitness," Larsen says.

"He scored against Aces which is always positive feeling for any striker."