Pyramids FC head coach Jamie Pacheco says he’s not happy with the point against Mamelodi Sundowns as they spurned several chances to win the game.
Sundowns and Pyramids played out to a goalless draw at Loftus Versfeld on Sunday afternoon in an entertaining Group A clash which left all four sides on four points.
However, the Portuguese tactician felt the chances they had, especially the efforts from Fagrie Lakay made them leave for Cairo disappointed with only a single point.
“If you asked me before the match if I would have liked to draw against Mamelodi Sundowns, I would accept that but after being in the match, seeing the players doing everything in the right way, mounting the tactics that I asked them to do, they were exceptional, doing everything right,” Pacheco said.
“It’s just we understood how the domain of playing Sundowns, they are a big team, they have a lot of solutions, they have a lot of options they can play with, but we did well, we understood how they are playing, we understood how to attack and how to defend.
“I could say we could have won this game as well. There were three teams on the pitch – two very good playing teams and then the referees, I would like to thank them very much for what they have done in the 98 minutes during the match.
“We had a goal, I wouldn’t believe it was foul but I would thank them for what they have done and if you are asking me again now, I’m not happy with the result, we could have won the match, three points for what we’ve done on the pitch.”
When pressed where he felt the Egyptian Premier League leaders fell short of beating Masandawana, he stated perhaps they were devoid of luck.
“Our players did very well, but as I always say, in these championships everyone that has an opportunity to score goals, they have to take it, so what our players didn’t do well was the last pass,” he explained about where they fell short.
“So yes they went many times in front of the goal but it was a decision-making that [wasn’t correct] sometimes we say we need luck as well, Lakay was in front of the goal and had opportunities, but luck wasn’t on his side. We were well prepared.”