After warning the Brazilians leading up to the match, Celtic coach Clinton Larsen saw his charges hammered 4-0, leading to his resignation yesterday. Downs coach Pitso Mosimane believes the mind games out of the Free State only made the Brazilians stronger on Sunday.
“I didn’t want to say what I thought was going to happen,” Mosimane said. “One of their players took two newspaper articles and put them up in our dressing room and every time we ate somewhere.
“Even in the canteen, somebody from Celtic said: ‘Sundowns don’t know what they are in for’. They had also seen loopholes of our defence overlapping at right and left back.
“And they were right. I went back to check and they were right. Celtic warned us that there were loopholes in our defence and we closed them with the two fullbacks not overlapping. We came here and we did what we had to do.”
Nevertheless, he was pleased with the way his side performed, and the fact that they are scoring goals.
“I guess it was a duplicate of the league match. The difference between this one and the one we played in the league, was one goal.
“And they had a red card the first time. I’m happy we came here and scored goals.”