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Sundowns' playing style 'problematic' for Arab teams, says coach

Ahram Online , Wednesday 12 Oct 2016
Pitso Mosimane
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane (Photo: Reuters )

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes that he his side's only advantage over Egypt's Zamalek in the African Champions League final is their 'way of playing' that poses problems for North African clubs.

 The South African side will host Zamalek in the first leg of the Champions League final on Saturday before playing the second leg in Alexandria one week later.

"We have a slightly different playing style to that of the Arabs, who are not comfortable to deal with the way we play," Mosimane told Kickoff on Wednesday.

"It is tougher to face Southern African teams, due to the similar football they play.

"We struggled in Zimbabwe. You saw against Chicken Inn and against Zesco, because we play almost the same, but the Arabs and North African teams struggle [to deal with] the way we play."

However, the former South Africa coach insisted there is no advantage of hosting the first leg at home.

"You must understand, when you play away, the people [home team] have pressure because if you [visiting team] score a goal then they have to score two goals to beat you," Mosimane added.

Zamalek are eyeing their first Champions League crown since winning the last of their five titles in 2002.

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