Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has praised his players following a great display against the Spanish giants Barcelona in the Nelson Mandela Centenary cup at FNB Stadium on Wednesday.
The Brazilians were hammered 3-1 by the Catalans in the battle of champions, the match which is part of the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations.
Despite the loss, Pitso Mosimane was happy on how the match was handled by his players, the match officials and Barcelona players as the match ended without a yellow card or an injuries resulting from bad tacles.
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“Ja‚ first‚ it was a good game. Second‚ 80 or 90 percent of the [Barcelona] team who came here you will see in Russia‚” Mosimane said.
“So we don’t want to be party-poopers‚ and then you kick somebody out of the World Cup because you have to kick‚ or you want to play too strong.
“So I said to the guys that‚ ‘For us to see a good game of football here‚ not to say that we should allow them to have a party‚ but I’m saying we should not kick’.
“I don’t think that there was a yellow card. [And] there was no need for that.
“If we played in the Fifa Club World Cup we would play differently. We would go all the way.
“But‚ they also did not kick us‚ remember.
“But I think what I like is a game of good football. I think you saw the combination plays‚ the passing patterns.
“You saw that football is not played at 100 kilometres and hour.”
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde fielded all 23-members of his squad, introducing Lionel Messi in the 74th minute to warm-up the cheering crowd.
75% of Barcelona squad members are heading to Russia for the FIFA World cup 2018 to represent their respective National teams. Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique are expected to retire after the Russia 2018.
The World Cup kicks off on June 14‚ with the final on July 15.