By Isaac Ndou
JOHANNESBURG: Mamelodi Sundowns headcoach Pitso Mosimane has revealed his excitement at the prospect of facing La Liga champions Barcelona in a club friendly at the FNB stadium tonight.
The Catalans are bringing their complete squad including world renowned star Lionel Messi alongside the likes of Andres Iniesta, Luis Suarez, Philipe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele to name a few for the Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations encounter.
“The Barca game is for the guys to get experience, to see how far we are, what’s the difference between us and Barca and what’s the difference between the PSL and La Liga. But for me personally it is about seeing how far out tactics are in comparison to Barca. Of course we aren’t going to stop Barca from playing.
“They score a goal in every 13-14 minutes. I am talking against Real Madrid, not Mamelodi Sundowns. So then you can’t have stress. You are happy to play. You say let’s see how long we can last before the first goal comes,” Pisto Mosimane said.
“It’s not about who will win. I think we all know who will win. We expect Barca to win, not to say that we aren’t confident but the reality has to be there. If we win, it’s unbelievable. You never know, maybe we can rise to the occasion and give them a scare. But I must be honest with you, I am so excited about the game,” said Mosimane.
Mosimane who paraded the league trophy with his team in Pretoria on Monday after lifting it on Saturday in Bloemfontein says that his team will not change their style of play but will stick to what they know when they face Ernesto Velverde’s Spanish giants.
“It’s not about beating Barca or trying to match ourselves against Barca. It’s just so see our organisation, the way we defend and attack. We want to see how far we are in terms of that regard because we have our own specimen. We’ve got our own software. We play our own way. Even if we were to take of the yellow jersey and wear a black jersey, you would still say that this team plays like Sundowns,” he said.
“We’ve got our own way of playing and we have mastered that. We don’t play with hope and when we sign players we sign players who fit the structure. The Barca match is an opportunity to see the difference between the Rand and the Euro. It’s just an opportunity to have fun and see that if we play the Sundowns way can stop Barca.” added Mosimane.
The teams met in 2007 with Barca edging out Sundowns 2-1. The much anticipated encounter between the two continental giants will kick off at 18:15 at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday night.