Pitso lifts lid on Sundowns' new setup

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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has opened up on the struggles of the 'new normal' being practised at their training camp in Rustenburg.

Sundowns have begun preparations for the return of the 2019/20 PSL season and, rather than returning to Chloorkop, have opted to camp out in pre-season style at the Royal Marang Hotel in the North West province.

Check out some training images from The Brazilians' camp in Rustenburg in the gallery above

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This is being done under strict safety regulations as set out in the PSL’s Covid-19 plan for a safe return to training and play, which was earlier approved by government.

"Training is difficult, it's a different type of training with small groups of four. We [technical team] hang around here the whole time, so that we welcome other groups coming," said Mosimane.

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"It's more time [consuming], it demands a lot and it's expensive to make sure we have the equipment sanitised, the disinfecting of balls, free-kick markers, bibs – you just can never believe what we are [dealing with].

"We knew it would be like this, but when you face it, it's something else – everybody has his own basket, which has your own boots, water, sanitiser, mask and everything.

"We don't sit together as usual. When you arrive for training, you go to your station, where you put your basket and change into your boots and equipment, and that's your place.

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"When you want to drink [water], you have to go back to your station, you can't drink from anywhere. We no longer meet at one point where we all used to go together for water or Energade.

"We no longer hug each other and pray together; we have to pray with everyone maintaining social distancing far from each other.

"That's how the training session is, and it's also non-contact. It's not easy to address the tactical side of the game, and you can only win on the physical side."

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