Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is pleased with his side’s performance against Petro de Luanda in their Caf Champions League Group C opener over the weekend.
The Brazilians cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over the Angolan side through goals from Mauricio Affonso, Motjeka Madisha and Sphelele Mkhulise.
The win has Sundowns occupying top spot in Group C with three points ahead of USM Alger and Wydad Casablanca, while Petro dropped down to the foot of the table.
Mosimane feels, though, his side could have been more clinical in front of goal, despite finding the back of the net on three occasions.
‘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,’ Mosimane told his club’s official website.
‘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 has warned his side not to let their win over Petro go to their heads, as he expects a different ball game went they travel to Angola for the second leg.
‘The resistance was not strong. But don’t be deceived by this. In Angola it will be a different story,’ he added.
‘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 [people] 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 out to a 1-1 draw in a north-African derby in Algeria on Saturday.
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