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'Sundowns paid school fees against Barca'



Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said his side had learnt good lessons from their friendly clash against Barcelona on Wednesday, which showed up the gulf in ability between the two clubs.

Sundowns were beaten 3-1 by Barcelona in front of a packed house at Soccer City, effectively beaten after just three minutes when they went a goal behind.

“We paid our school fees, I think everyone saw that. We made two defensive errors and they scored. The other goal was pure Barca, the way they play. We were given a lesson,” said Mosimane.

“We had our opportunities, but we didn’t use them. You could see the difference, the quality in attack, the way they pass the ball.

“We struggled a little to get the ball, but then we also had our chance to play and that’s what I wanted, for the boys to play the way Sundowns play. We have our own way of playing. And we could test it against Barcelona.

“I was happy we could find our passing parts in between; the goal we scored was very good, well crafted,” he said of the consolation goal netted by Sibusiso Vilakazi.

“But there is a big difference and we must also not fool ourselves. There were times they stole the ball from us like someone stealing a lollypop away from a little child. But you have to be happy with what you see from your players because we played against the best team in the world,” Mosimane added.



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