Pitso Mosimane's secret to beating North African teams in CAF Champions League


Sundowns completed the Champions League group stages this season without defeat and beat both North African teams USM Alger and Wydad Casablanca at home.

The Brazilians also beat Alger 1-0 away from home, and Mosimane seemingly now enjoys watching his team play against teams from that territory.

"The only way you should have when playing against the North Africans, you must have the passing patterns right because they don't like to chase the ball," Mosimane says.

"At home people here are happy to stay and wait to catch you on one or two counter-attacks and beat you on that, you know the story.

"But here the North Africans, Wydad Casablanca, they dominate. Al Ahly dominate, Esperance dominate. So don't give them the ball and have the triangles right and let them run.

"It's hot here. Then you start seeing them fighting amongst each other, then you know you got it [right].

"But if you want to compete with them. you won't win. If you take the ball up there, they are strong aerially.

"That's why those teams that play with long-balls and crosses, with North Africans they take it. So you have to change the mode when you play against them."

The Brazilians awaiting the quarterfinal draw on Wednesday to find out their next opponent and could get another North African team after avoiding DR Congo side TP Mazembe.