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Rulani recently puts out a crucial tactical switch behind Masandawana victory

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According to the other coach for Downs Rulani Mokwena, there is a tactical change that inspired his charges to a convincing 4-1 win over rivals Buccaneers at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Yesterday. Mamelodi boys stretched their lead to 18 points at the top of the local league standings after scoring four second-half goals as Pavol Safranko snatched a brace. The coach, expressed himself fully and detailed how a tactical switch by his technical team helped finish off their opponents. He believes that Pirates have some very good players, as he cleared post-match. Nevertheless, its the structure in which they play made it very awkward for Downs in the way how they invert from left full-back to make their backline a back three.

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The coach made it clear that this move then makes them overload the midfield with Lorch right in front of Ben Motshwari and Goodman Mosele where that four versus two situation gave Masandawana problems. But then they knew at half-time and made it clear by making a conscious observation to say that there are certain spaces in football you cannot defend. Mokwene went on to mention that they decided to neglect those spaces at half-time and to focus on the spaces that was gave them problems which was the centre. Then they changed the system giving Rivaldo Coetzee a different side to run and pushed the full-backs a little bit higher. Mokwena said that this was so that the club could invite their wing-backs and withdraw Hotto a little bit more which negated a huge strength of Pirates. He said they then regained control and then refreshing their legs in the latter stages, wrapping it up by compliments to side on what he referred to as a very, very good performance.

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