Head Coach Pitso Mosimane was pleased with his side’s professional performance in Saturday’s CAF Champions League group stage opener at Loftus, which saw Downs walk away with a comfortable 3-0 victory.
Mosimane heralded his side’s midfield who were able to take control of the game, but felt that Down’s could have been more clinical in front of goal:
“To be honest the resistance [from Petro] wasn’t that big, but we found our passing lines easier‚ we could find our guys in the middle who could control the game.”
“I’m a little bit unhappy with my team in the final third. I think when they realised that we could free-play‚ free-flow‚ we were stuck on the idea of the free-flow‚ rather than being shrewd and taking the game as early as possible with a good lead.”
“With the resistance that we had tonight, I think we should have scored two more goals, to be honest.”
Mosimane warned however that Saturday’s win does not mean that Down’s can expect the same when they travel to Angola in the new year:
“The resistance was not strong. But don’t be deceived by this. [Because] In Angola it will be a different story.”
“I saw their derby against [fellow Luanda giants] Primeira de Agosta. It was competitive. This team is big there. When you go there it’s guaranteed you are going to have 60‚000 easily.”
Sundowns will switch their focus as they prepare to travel to Morocco to face recent foes Wydad Casablanca. Downs sit at the top of Group C after one game. This comes after USM Alger and 2017 winners Wydad Casablanca‚ played to a 1-1 draw in a North African derby in Algeria on Saturday.