Mamelodi Sundowns Coach Pitso Mosimane has vowed to fight fire with fire in every match his team plays, be it local or international.
Third placed Mamelodi Sundowns will be in action against Highlands Park at Makhulong stadium in an Absa Premiership clash Tuesday night.
Orlando Pirates will be looking to close the gap on log leaders Bidvest Wits when they take on Baroka FC at Orlando Stadium.
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Tuesday night’s battle will be to occupy second place for Pirates and Sundowns.
Pirates are in a better position because they have 31 points after 17 matches, but Sundowns have an advantage because they have three matches in hand.
Currently, Sundowns have 28 points, but if they were to win all their matches, they will overtake log leaders Wits.
Coach Mosimane is sounding a warning to all his opponents.
“Gone are days when Sundowns are cheese boys and good boys; not when I’m here. We have to fight fire with fire. Even in local games, PSL, we will fight fire with fire anywhere in the world. Anywhere, any stadium, we are going to fight fire with fire.”
But as they say, games in hand are not points in the bag. So, Sundowns might stumble and fall, especially when they face a difficult team like Highlands Park.
The PSL newcomers have a tendency to deny teams who are looking to get maximum points. In December 2018, they held SuperSport United to a one-all draw.
Earlier in January, they played to a two-all draw against Orlando Pirates.
Again last week, they played to a goalless draw against Amazulu.
Pirates Coach Micho Sredojevic says the players are maturing well with the game. He says it’s important that when they face any opposition they must take responsibility for their actions.
“We rather look each of these matches to be a measurement and test and experiment how far we have reached. We want to carry all the pressure on our shoulders and all the responsibility. We want to leave the players to enjoy their football and with such an approach knowing that we believe in players; we believe in their work; we are doing football will necessary pay back.”
Sundowns and Pirates continue to do well in the CAF Champions League. Pirates are leading Group B, and Group A which features Sundowns is still open because all four clubs have collected three points.