Masatada Ishii, Kashima Antlers coach
We had to endure and be patient in the first half. It was the first time we had played an African team and we knew they would be fast, skillful and that we needed time to adjust to the game. We knew if we kept passing the ball, an opportunity would eventually come. We had to be patient in the first half and after the break, we were able to take the game to Sundowns, able to get forward more and not give them any chances in the second half. We wanted to break down their defence in the second half and we made an improvement.
Pitso Mosimane, Mamelodi Sundowns coach
It was a very good game. A game of two halves. I’m disappointed with the result but I’m not disappointed about the performance. But we should have killed the game in the first half. We didn’t finish our chances. We showed a little bit of inexperience in the match, particularly in the final third. We have a little bit of work to do. We need to come back and fight again. We were a little out-muscled and we didn’t expect a physical team. Otherwise, I would have played the team differently. But we played well. I enjoyed the game, the flow it, the speed, the passing, the technique. There’s a few lessons we can take.