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Rulani Gives Huge Credit To Fellow Coach After Bucs Thrashing

Rulani Mokwena gave 'huge credit' to his fellow Mamelodi Sundowns coach after the 4-1 thrashing of Orlando Pirates on Friday night.

A brace from Pavol Safranko and further strikes from Themba Zwane and Peter Shalulile guided Sundowns to a big win at Loftus Versfeld.

"Compliments to Pirates for the start, it was clear that they worked very hard on their schemes, they pressed us well in the first couple of minutes and they build up very well with one ball that came from Ben and our midfield was a little bit too far out," Mokwena said on SuperSport TV after the match.

"And it was the first time they did that build up because we watched their game, normally they don't engage with the central midfielders but we sorted that, we worked a little bit harder on it.

"Their structure gave us a couple of problems because they play a little bit awkward and they are comfortable doing that, they play that way every single day and it works for them when Paseka [Mako] inverts a little bit and becomes a third centre-back, Hotto becomes a wing-back.

"And when Hotto becomes a wing-back, they look to overload the midfield with Neverdie [Makhubela], [Thembinkosi] Lorch and it becomes a box in midfield, we had a lot of problems dealing with four versus two, especially when they go short," he said.

"It was better for us when we forced them to go long and we could deal with the two that is engaging the striker but when they play there's a four across and to press, so we struggled a little bit.

"On the second half we changed things a little bit, we pushed our full-backs a little bit higher so that we could draw their full-backs out, because we could do that, we could overload a little bit their centre-halves and the players did very well tactically to adapt to the instructions at half-time."

When asked about ther invincibility this season, "We've just got players who listen and are coachable, who are humble, you can see see that if you look at who scored the goals, Pavol scored, we were a little bit unfair to him in the previous match, we took him off but no sulking, no attitude, comes back, gets an opportunity and does the job," he added.

"But I've got also to reserve credit to one Steve Komphela because he's been working very hard on set-pieces, every time we do the tactical work Steve takes the players and they do more of the set-pieces and it was good to see we scored the three goals [from set-pieces], huge credit to Steve and the analysts for the work they did in relation to the set-pieces," he added.

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