Mamelodi Sundowns expecting ‘different’ Kaizer Chiefs side in MTN8 return leg

Mamelodi Sundowns expecting ‘different’ Kaizer Chiefs side in MTN8 return leg

Not that he thinks Kaizer Chiefs will outplay Mamelodi Sundowns tomorrow afternoon at Lucas Moripe Stadium, but coach Rulani Mokwena says he is expecting a changed Amakhosi side in the MTN8 return leg.

The last time the two teams met at FNB Stadium Chiefs took the lead only for Sundowns to grab an equaliser in referees’ optional time, giving the Brazilians a crucial away goal.

Following the FIFA break, Amakhosi have drawn and lost their two games while trying to integrate new striker Jasond Gonzalez – those are among the tweaks Mokwena is referring to.

"I watched the Royal AM game, last night I watched their game against SuperSport, again just by chance because I didn't have enough sleep. So, I watched our game and I happened to watch their game that was played also on TV and I saw a completely different side to the team that played against us at FNB," Mokwena said.

Mokwena believes Amakhosi will keep trying to play a style more suited to Gonzalez, who is yet to open his account for the club.

"They are a crossing team but that is also because if you look at the profile of the strikers apart from Du Preez [Ashley], they've got some big boys and even Gonzalez, the new striker is a big boy. Then of course to try to play to the strengths of players like that you have to put in balls in the box and so they are leveraging about 11 crosses in a game," the coach explained.

Chiefs too will know they have to be at their very best to beat a Sundowns that hasn’t lost a match since October last year in the same competition, Mokwena warns.

"So, yeah a good team that's got a lot of very good players and we have to be well prepared but I'm sure they say the same thing about Sundowns. I think they say 'A good team' and that they know that they've got to be very well prepared to play against us."