Pitso: Why Sundowns are favourites

CAF Champions League

Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane says Mamelodi Sundowns are favourites to win the CAF Champions League and warned his players the tie is far from over.

The record nine-time African champions travel to Tshwane this week for the return leg after beating the Brazilians 2-0 in their quarter-final tie in Cairo on Saturday evening.

In what was Mosimane's first match facing the DStv Premiership champions since leaving the club in September 2020, he paid homage to his successors for the tactical changes they've implemented since his departure.

"They are favourites to win the Champions League because of the way they play, it was difficult for us in the second half but we needed patience and play smart, if you're too emotional playing at home, they will hurt you," Mosimane said.

"Yes [Mohamed] El Shenaway made one of the biggest saves but that's part of football. We know we have a lot of mistakes, I know I was frustrated also but you must know, they play differently from the way I used to make them play.

"They play pretty football that beautiful to watch but football is about results, it's about the goals, we got the goals and that's what we needed, to go through [to the semi-finals] you need to score goals."

Despite the two-goal advantage handed to the Red Devils by Taher Mohamed and Salah Mohsen, Mosimane insists he's experienced enough to know advancing to the semi-finals is not a forgone conclusion.

"I'll never ever say we're qualified [already], I'm a professional in my space and I'm never gonna get excited, I've been around for 20 years. I've seen the biggest turnarounds," he explained.

"I've seen Liverpool losing to Barcelona and then winning the Champions League, never ever, we are professionals. If we lose, we lose because of mistakes and not because of attitude, not in my space."

The Club of the Century face Masandawana for the highly anticipated second-leg tie at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium on Saturday (15h00).

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