There's no room for arrogance - Mngqithi


Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has outlined his expectations and identified a key Orlando Pirates weakness ahead of their DStv Premiership clash.

The reigning league champions will face another stern test of their title credentials with an away encounter against the Soweto giants with three points the target.

In the fixture that represents one of the most high-profile in South African football, Mngqithi admits there's a certain responsibility needed from his squad in reference to their mentality and how they approach the game.

"The most important thing when it comes to matches like this is to always have a fair share of humility and respect, no room for arrogance," he said ahead of Saturday's game.

"We may have done well in the last few matches but we are facing a very good team that is on form, that has just played a very good game against Chippa, showed their quality, so we have to give it the respect it requires and do our work."

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Mngqithi went on to suggest that they will be working around the clock to find an advantage going into the game and feels there's already something to pin-point based on the current philosophy instilled in their tactical set-up.

"[We need] to profile them properly, do our analysis and see which areas we can capitalise on, which areas they are strong on and make sure we deal with that," he added.

"We know Pirates on transition has always been one of the strongest teams in the country. Be that as it may, it also becomes a very big weakness on their side, they're not very good when you press [their defence].

"They are open sometimes when they lose possession of the ball, it's important to have the proper balance of dealing with their transitions with good counter-pressing. We might get something in that space."

The league leaders will face up against fourth-placed Pirates at Orlando Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Kick-off is at 15:00.

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