Sundowns manager compares Al Ahly to Real Madrid and Barcelona

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Mamelodi Sundowns manager Pitso Mosimane said that he’s impressed with Al Ahly’s domestic record this season comparing them to European powerhouses FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Sundowns will visit Al Ahly in the first leg of the CAF Champions League quarter-finals on Saturday, February 29th.

The Reds who suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat to the South African giants last season will hope to redeem themselves in their upcoming clash.

Sundowns manager Pitso Mosimane talked about last year’s result, saying that it is impossible for it to happen again, however, he assured that they will do their best to beat them.

“We’re playing against the Club of the Century and the fact that we beat them 5-0 will make it more difficult for us,” Mosimane said during the pre-match press conference.

“Yes, winning 5-0 won’t put extra pressure on us but it will make it more difficult. This result will never happen again, especially against a side with Al Ahly’s form.

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“The pressure might be on Al Ahly who will try to win by a big margin in Cairo. We’re coming up against them at the worst time as they beat every team they faced in the league, scored 40 goals and conceded only three goals.

“Even Real Madrid and Barcelona don’t reach these stats, we respect Al Ahly but we came here to qualify for the next round,” he added.

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The 55-year-old then addressed the issue regarding the timing of the second leg and talked about his side’s injuries ahead of the game.

“Why should we put pressure on ourselves? Al Ahly will host us at night, so why is there a controversy around playing the second leg in the afternoon.

“We played against Esperance and Wydad at night so why do you mind if we play at three in the afternoon?

“Al Ahly have only changed their manager but the players remain the same such as Amr Solaya, Hussein El-Shahat, Marwan Mohsen and Junior Ajayi.

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“No African team can say they can easily beat Al Ahly in Egypt, if we expect to win in Cairo we will concede five goals.

“We have an injured player on the right side much like Al Ahly who won’t have Junior Ajayi or Ali Maaloul,” he concluded.

The Red Devils will host Sundowns at the Cairo International Stadium next Saturday before traveling to South Africa a week later for the second leg, set to take place at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium.

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