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Sundowns coach Mosimane remains cautious despite 5-0 win over Egypt's Ahly

Mohamad Mosselhi , Sunday 7 Apr 2019
File photo: Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane Reuters
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Despite their 5-0 first leg advantage over Ahly, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said his side has not guaranteed their place in the Champions League semi-finals yet, asking his players to keep their feet on the ground and stay calm in the second leg.

The South Africans moved a step closer to a last-four berth after thrashing the Egyptian giants in Pretoria in the first leg of the competition's quarter-final.

The second leg will take place on Saturday at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab stadium, with Ahly needing to stage a historic comeback to go through.

"I am not a fool‚ I will keep my feet on the ground and make sure that the team stays calm and hopefully we proceed to the semis‚" Mosimane told Times Live on Sunday.

"This 5-0 win is a rare result and with regards to our performance we played proper football. They will be under pressure to score early but we are going to unleash speed on them with the likes of Phakamani Mahlambi and Lebohang Maboe hoping that we can score one goal from the break. We must make it difficult for them."

The 54-year-old, who guided Sundowns to the Champions League trophy in 2016, believes that Ahly "disrespected" his side in Saturday's game, adding that they are capable of winning the coveted title this season.

"With regards to Al Ahly‚ I think they disrespect us because they are a big team and this was a surprise to them. It is about Sundowns and I thank the players‚ I have always believed that I will win the Champions League," he added.

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