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Pitso has concerns ahead of ASEC clash

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane knows their defending of set pieces will need to be on point when they take on Ivorian side ASEC Mimosas in the CAF Champions League tonight.

Sundowns are looking to bounce back from their two domestic defeats to Chippa United and AmaZulu in the last week and would love to get three points on home soil to boost their chances of progressing to the knockout phase of the Champions League.

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ASEC visit the 2016 champions at Lucas Moripe Stadium tonight (21h00), and their big men will cause a lot of problems whenever set pieces opportunities are presented in the Sundowns half.

Sundowns are in second place in Group A on three points, which is the same amount of points as all the other teams in the group. Wydad Casablanca will visit Lobi Stars in Nigeria in the other group game tomorrow.

“It’s going to be difficult. You have to be strong and ready to penetrate their reinforced defence. You have to guard against counter-attack and set pieces. We don’t look good on corner kicks and the Ivorians, the West African big boys, we have to work around the clock,” he added

Mosimane admitted fatigue is starting to creep in, as their schedule gets tighter.

“It’s more mental than physical. You can’t say the team is not fit. The team needs a rest and also [we need to] work more on visuals.

“It’s more mental than physical. You can’t say the team is not fit. The team needs a rest and also [we need to] work more on visuals.

“But again you have to be very careful and don’t go too hard. It’s like an egg shell, you need to be careful because if you press it hard, it might break. You can see Mshishi [Themba Zwane] against AmaZulu was not fresh, same with Lebo [Maboe]. It’s fatigue, but we can’t complain. We have been in this route, we expected this. We have to deal with it,” he added.

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