After booking their spot in the quarterfinals with a 3-0 victory over Lobi Stars at Lucas Moripe Stadium last weekend, Sundowns have travelled one last time in the group stages, to face 2017 champions Wydad in Rabat on Saturday.
Sundowns have played against Wydad in the last two editions of the competition and they’ve not had any success. In 2017 they were knocked out in the quarterfinals by the Moroccans via a penalty shootout and last year Mosimane’s men were beaten in the group stages by the North Africans.
As they prepare to meet again tomorrow, Sundowns will be hoping for third time lucky. Wydad were held to a goalless draw by Lobi in their last home match, so Sundowns will go into the clash believing that they too can walk away with a point, or even three, to secure a top spot finish, which gives them the advantage of playing the quarterfinal second leg at home.
Mosimane, meanwhile, has highlighted the importance of things such as player-management, lifestyle off the pitch and nutrition as the Brazilians continue their journey “It’s the world of football. It’s player-management, it’s lifestyle, it’s nutrition, it’s the mentality, it’s the culture, it’s totally different. That’s why the I call it the big fish because it involves all those things that I am talking about.
“It’s not like a cup [competition] where you play three matches and you raise the trophy. Three games? I mean really? This is a Champions League, it’s 14 games. You are traveling and you are mixing it with the PSL. In this one you need to win all the time. That’s what Real Madrid want, that’s want Barcelona want – the Champions League. It’s reality.”