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Sundowns Coach Makes Big Claim About Arrows

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has made a big claim about Golden Arrows after the stalemate on Wednesday evening.

Read: Table-Topping Downs Drop More Points

The DStv Premiership extended their winless run to four matches after the goalless draw at Loftus Versfeld, while AmaZulu's win over Cape Town City moved them a point behind Sundowns.

Mngqithi claims that Arrows will have a big say in where the league title will end up this season.

"We expected a very high intensity game with very quick transitions," Mngqithi told SuperSport after the game.

"Arrows are probably the team with the quickest transition in the league. 8-10 seconds and they are at your goalposts. I think we dealt very well with that pressure, their counter pressing. These young boys work, they run, the intensity of the game.

"We knew it was not going to be an easy game. We were clear in our minds that it's a game that we should not lose. It's a game that we must fight to win but never lose because this is the team that I honestly believe has got a very big hand in who wins the league.

"The fact we managed to go past them without losing the match we stand to gain from those who might not beat them. They are one of the strongest terms in the league. I know these boys since they were young. The capacity, I know. Honestly speaking they are playing some enterprising football, the best transitional team."

Mngqithi feels there were still effects from the loss to Kaizer Chiefs over the weekend.

"Maybe we were a bit anxious after the loss against Chiefs. We did not want to lose more than we wanted to fight for a result," he said.

"But as Sundowns we need to come back. We need to start scoring, start showing the quality that we have. Sometimes I do feel that we are jaded a little bit.

"I also believe the boys worked very hard against a very good team. It is never really that easy against Arrows. In Durban, we played to a 1-1 draw because they work very hard. But truth be told our team at the right time always has the better quality to finish games like this. But today we were just unfortunate not to be in that space."

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