Seven defenders: Mosimane explains why he crammed Sundowns’ back four against Chiefs


Johannesburg – Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has explained his team’s unusual defensive tactics in the second half of their crucial 1-0 Absa Premiership win against Kaizer Chiefs, saying it was because Sundowns were under pressure.

The Brazilians withstood consistent attacks from Chiefs for most of the second half to emerge 1-0 winners, leaving the two teams level on points at the top of the standings with three games remaining.

When the game started, Mosimane had three centrebacks on the field in the form of Mosa Lebusa, Motjeka Madisha, and Wayne Arendse. He also had two left-back in Lyle Lakay and Tebogo Langerman, and two right-backs in Anele Ngcongca and Lebohang Maboe, which the coach said was to deal with the dangerous crosses from Chiefs.

In the midfield, he had two defensive midfielders in the form of Rivaldo Coetzee and Andile Jali, who replaced Themba Zwane after 65 minutes, in what turned out to be a defensive master stroke.

“I had to double up Langerman with Lakay and Ngcongca with Maboe because we were under pressure‚” he explained.

“We went to Chiefs the first half and you are right to say we had two left-backs and two right-backs‚ because balls were being launched from the sides.

“If you play Chiefs‚ you look at the diagonal balls that they play behind. Samir Nurkovic and Leonardo Castro were not playing‚ but that’s their plan and that’s the way they play.

“They play diagonal balls that come from behind and if you don’t deal with that you will be in trouble. We didn’t want crosses to come but they still came‚ so we closed the sides to stop the crosses from coming.


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