Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has praised his crosstown rivals SuperSport United for applying a different approach in their Nedbank Cup opening round Tshwane derby at the weekend, though they did suffer a 1-0 defeat.
The Brazilians yet again emerged the winners of what many have suggested is a one-sided fixture between the two rivals and have put their name in the hat for the round of 16 stage of the tournament later this month.
“It was a totally different game that SuperSport displayed. It’s always difficult against them, and they started well. They normally don’t do that. What they do is what we saw in the final few minutes of the game,” Mosimane told reporters.
Sundowns won thanks to a Sibusiso Vilakazi goal in the first half, and the coach said all they did was try to consolidate their lead.
“It was nice to see them play and make us work and run a little bit. But at the end of the game we know how to play this game, we just managed it. It’s a cup game, who cares how you win? Just do what you need to do to get through. They played well with their three-man midfield, but they played into our hands,” Mosimane explained.
“We were always going to hurt them on the break, and that’s how we scored. They had the ball and then what? It looks nice and convincing, but did Denis make saves when they had the ball? No. He just picked them up those long balls, it was a bit of stress, but nothing. I didn’t know that they can play like that.”