'Downs the best team in the league'


Chippa United head coach Clinton Larsen is under no illusions as to what his side is up against when they face Mamelodi Sundowns.

The two sides clash at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium at 19h30 on Wednesday. Since 2012/13 Chippa and Sundowns have met 12 times in the league, with the Tshwane giants winning seven and drawing five.

"Yeah no there's no easy game in this league," Larsen tells KickOff.com.

"You saw how difficult it was for [Cape Town] City against Stellenbosch, so it goes to prove there's no easy games in the PSL so ja every game is important, every point is important.

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"And ja we are up against the best team in the league so we know what we are up against. It's been this way for the last six, seven years. So nothing changes with regards to knowing the quality we are up against.

"But like I said before, we surprised Sundowns on many occasions. And we will try to do the same as underdogs, and nobody gives us a chance but you know we will try and put in a good performance and get something out of the game."

Larsen says the fact that Pitso Mosimane has not added too many new players to his squad this season will make facing the former African champions more difficult this campaign.

"No it makes it more difficult because there's continuity. Continuity is the strongest element in that Sundowns team, and there's no need for them to make signings because if you look at the quality they've got, it's hard to find better than Tau, Sirino, Vilakazi, Maboe, Morena... it's hard so, whoever comes in there will probably be playing back-up to those players because they really are the top players in the country, and for me the power of continuity is what makes them so strong once again.

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"They go into a new season with a team that have won the league, it's not like they struggled last season, they won the league. So there's a strong understanding that has been developed between that group of players, which makes them a very dangerous outfit.

"Ja our boys are working hard you know, we've got a small squad now. So the boys are working hard, we've got some young boys in the team who are itching to play, so ja for us it's just about doing our best in every game that we go out and we just want to make sure we have a solid season. We need consistent results and the players understand that."

The Chilli Boys will be looking for their first three points after opening their 2019/20 season with a draw to rookies Stellenbosch FC, while Sundowns will be gunning for their second win.

This past weekend Sundowns lost their CAF Champions League preliminary round match 2-1 against Congolese side Otoho d'Oyo.

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