Barcelona too strong for Sundowns

Barcelona too strong for Sundowns

Barcelona too strong for Sundowns

Razak Brimah's side Mamelodi Sundowns will face Spanish giants Barcelona in a friendly clash today, 16 May at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium.

In what was the Catalans' second-to-last match of the season, their host on the night Sundowns denied kept Lionel Messi at bare but couldn't keep out Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez.

The Sundowns players were more than a little star-struck; something that is unlikely to be the case on Wednesday as coach Pitso Mosimane will demand professionalism and that they do not feel inferior to the Spaniards.

What could be learned from the end-to-end football - mostly in the direction of Denis Onyango in Sundowns' goal‚ but the other way too - was that Downs‚ as they found out at the 2016 Club World Cup‚ do not have a credible defence at this level.

"It will be a very good experience for the Sundowns players‚ because after that they will play in the Champions League".

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He wants the club to "take risks and be brave" as they prepare for a third consecutive season in the Champions League. Vertonghen's only shaky match was Spurs' 2-2 draw at Juventus in the round-of-16 first leg.

"With Barcelona it's a culture where from a young age‚ when you are eight years old‚ you play with the same system‚ same philosophy".

The encounter between the Brazilians and Barcelona will be available to all South Africans as the game will be broadcast on national broadcaster SABC and SuperSport.

"When a team is underestimated‚ and you are facing the favourites‚ the players who are the underdogs play at 150% or 200%‚" the Stars coach said.

Ronaldinho's free-kick was only punched half-clear by Sundowns keeper Calvin Marlin, and Santiago Ezquerro turned the loose ball home as it came back into the box.

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