TLOLANE: IT'S ABOUT WHAT YOU DO ON THE DAY
4 May 2021
While respectful of Wednesday night's opposition, Maritzburg United midfielder Tebogo Tlolane is cautiously optimistic of coming away with a positive result from the DStv Premiership clash with Mamelodi Sundowns at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
United head into the match on the back of a 1-1 home draw with Swallows FC while Masandawana powered to a 3-0 victory away at Orlando Pirates.
That win took Downs back to the top of the standings as they chase a fourth consecutive league title. Tlolane though says it's important not to become too star-struck by the Brazilians.
"Obviously it's a very big game, especially coming up against such a big team with good players," he told the Team of Choice's media department.
"But we will go there focussed on getting the three points. We are not going there to lose the game. In the first round we got a draw, but we know in football anything's possible.
"Obviously Sundowns are a team that we have to respect. But when it comes to football, it's about what you do on the day, and we're going to go there fully focussed.
"We also know what we can achieve in the game and our capabilities. We just have to believe in ourselves and give it our all for 90 minutes."
Tlolane admits there was unhappiness at not beating the Birds last Friday evening, but also put that into perspective:
"After the game we were disappointed. But we were also aware that we played a top four team, who only lost once this season. We know we could have won that game with the chances we had. But now we forget about it and we are fully focussed.
"Football is something that we enjoy, to go on the pitch is something we love so we just have to take the confidence of the point that we got and turn it into three.
"Playing against Sundowns, everyone wants to play a big team and showcase [themselves]. We'll go out there and work as a team and hope for the best possible result."
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