Manqoba Mngqithi has admitted that Mamelodi Sundowns have started making calculations about how they will land a historic fourth title in a row with after clocking up a two-thirds unbeaten start to the season.
Straight after setting a new PSL record of 20 games unbeaten at the start of a new season, Mngqithi says they are now doing the mathematics of how many points they will need to land a fourth title in a row.
The most that Sundowns need now is 19 points from the 30 available to play for but that number might still drop depending on what happens with the chasing pack, which is led by an in-form AmaZulu who can only reach a maximum of 64 points.
Being 20 league games undefeated – the first time it has ever happened in domestic football – Sundowns already have one hand on the trophy and, should they come out unscathed in their next four games against AmaZulu, Kaizer Chiefs, Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates, then it is essentially over.
"It was very important that we won because we are now starting to count how many games we must win in order to secure the top spot," said Mngqithi after Monday's win over Chippa United which lifted The Brazilians to a six-point cushion at the top with two games in hand.
"We are starting to say if the people that are chasing you slip up it makes life even more easier going forward, but our focus is always on our cycles and we are happy that we have achieved our targets thus far. We are getting closer and closer to where we want to be. Nobody would have anticipated that by this stage of the season we would be where we are now in terms of the number of points and the position, but one still believes we can do better.
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"We have some points that we dropped that we didn’t deserve to drop when we had performed exceptionally well but overall, you always take every three points that you get at this stage of the season because it is very difficult to get it more especially against teams that are fighting relegation. It becomes even more and more difficult because the desire and intricate motivation is a little bit higher because opponents put more bonuses at this stage of the season and make the game even more difficult.
"But one is always encouraged because when you beat these teams at this stage of the season. You must know that those are big points because these are the most difficult teams to beat at this stage of the season," says the Sundowns co-coach.
Sundowns' last 10 games are against AmaZulu, Chiefs, Arrows, Pirates, TS Galaxy, SuperSport United, Bloemfontein Celtic, Cape Town City, Maritzburg United and Swallows FC.