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Solomons warns big-spending Sundowns 24/08/04
Santos coach Boebie Solomons is adamant his 'People's Team' will get their Premier Soccer League (PSL) season off to a good start against 'the expensively accumulated' Mamelodi Sundowns at Athlone Stadium on Wednesday night.

"We looking to get our season off to a good start," said Solomons. "Our preparations have gone well and we are ready for this match.

"But we won't put too much pressure on ourselves, as the league is won in May and not in August.

"We will come up against a star-studded, expensively accumulated Sundowns side and give it our best shot."

However, Santos are still without star midfielder Sebastian Bax and first-choice goalkeeper Brendan Wardle for the clash, but will have Tyren Arendse back in the squad from national duty.

In the past the People's team were often lambasted for their 'boring' brand of football, but Solomons is an astute tactician who has turned the Cape-based side from a team who plays direct 'route-1' football, to a side who can change their style midway through a match and it is this element of their play that makes them so dangerous.

"We know Sundowns play good flowing soccer, but we will combat that," said the Santos coach.

"We can adapt to any style of play, which most teams can't do. That direct style of play is Santos of three years."

He also feels that players like Santos winger Tyren Arendse, who scored on his Bafana Bafana debut against Tunisia last Wednesday, should have been in the national set-up much earlier.

"Players from smaller clubs don't get that much recognition," he added.

"However, I would like to know what qualifies as a small club. We have won four trophies in the last three years, so what does that make us."

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