{
    "title": "Barca game is for experience - Pitso",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/5\/Pitso-Mosimane-170224-Gestures-G-1050.JPG",
    "body": "<p>Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says the Absa Premiership champions have little chance when they host Barcelona on Wednesday (live on SuperSport at 6pm) but he does hope the experience of playing against the Spanish giants leaves a positive impact on his players<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cThe Barca game is for the guys to get experience, to see how far we are and what the difference is between us and Barca. It is about seeing how our tactics are in relation to Barca,\u201d he ahead of the friendly match at Soccer City in Johannesburg.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cBut winning is another story.\u201d<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nBarcelona are being brought out to South Africa, for a second time in the last 10 years, to play Sundowns by the club\u2019s billionaire owner Patrice Motsepe, who is a rabid fan of the Catalan club.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nHe is paying 3-million Euros for Barcelona to fly in and out to play the match, according to a report in the Barcelona daily El Mundo Deportivo.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nBarcelona arrived in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning, will play the game at 6pm local time and then fly straight back to Spain, where they finish their La Liga campaign with a Sunday game against Real Sociedad.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nBut even with the potentially exhausting schedule for the visitors, Mosimane does not think his team can win.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cOf course we aren\u2019t going to stop Barca from playing. They score a goal every 13-14 minutes. So then you can\u2019t have stress. <\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cYou are happy to play them. You say let\u2019s see how long we can last before the first goal comes.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s not about beating Barca. It\u2019s just to see our organisation, the way we defend and attack. We want to see how far we are in that regard because we play our own way.\u201d<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nSundowns finished the domestic season last Saturday with their third title in five season and managed to persuade the Confederation of African Football to move Tuesday\u2019s Champions League game at Horoya of Guinea to next week, May 22.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cThis match is not about who will win,\u201d Mosimane added. \u201cI think we know who'll win. We expect Barca to win, not to say we aren\u2019t confident but the reality has to be there. If we win, it\u2019s unbelievable.\u201d <\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cI must be honest with you, I am so excited about the game.\u201d<\/p>",
    "blurb": "Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says the Absa Premiership champions have little chance when they host Barcelona on Wednesday live on SuperSport at 6pm.",
    "date": "2018-05-16T12:04:09",
    "author": "",
    "credit": "Mzansi Football ",
    "img_credit": null,
    "category": "Absa Premiership",
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}