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Di Canio: I want to win every game

first_imgPaolo Di Canio will use Sunderland’s Barclays Asia Trophy trip to Hong Kong to instil a winning mentality in his team. Press Association Di Canio added: “Even when I play cards with my daughter, I want to win every time. I want to upset her because I want to win. My mentality is to win every game. There are obvious priorities: the Premier League is more important than friendly games, but only if we deliver this mentality can we take every competition seriously. “So the Barclays Asia tournament is very important because we are going to face the top sides and it’s the dream of every player – this is the mission: to play every game against a top side. “The fact that we have the chance to do this in Hong Kong means only the country changes, not the desire, the commitment that we have to deliver on the field, so it’s a good opportunity. We want to win the tournament and we will do everything we can.” Di Canio’s reign at the Stadium of Light is still in its infancy after he was handed the task of retaining the club’s top-flight status with just seven games of last season remaining. He accomplished his initial task with the help of a morale-boosting derby victory at Newcastle and is now engaged in the process of rebuilding his team, and he knows there is hard work to be done during pre-season. Di Canio said: “My primary objective is to be the team that will fight every single game together, so for this we have to spend as much as we can the time together to bond and to become a very united team. “I want to deliver my message in the way we want to play – the tactical strategy – to deliver a clear identity in the way we want to play, and this period can help me a lot because we have the chance to stay all day together.” center_img The 44-year-old Italian and his players, who are due to return to training on Wednesday, will jet out to Asia late next month to take part in the tournament along with Manchester City, Tottenham and South China FC. However, Di Canio insists the Black Cats will not simply be going along for the trip, but determined to win the competition as they prepare for the new Barclays Premier League season. Speaking in a video interview with premierleague.com, he said: “I want to win every game. Even when we have a friendly game, I have a winning mentality.” last_img read more

Arsenal v Chelsea – Ex-striker warns Gunners stars: ‘Don’t get involved with Diego Costa!’

first_imgFormer Arsenal striker Alan Smith has told Gunners stars ‘not to get involved’ with Chelsea bad boy striker Diego Costa as the Premier League giants prepare for their Super Sunday clash.The previous meeting between the clubs hit the headlines after the Spanish striker tussled with a number of Arsenal players, with defender Gabriel Paulista sent off for his part in the scrap.The struggling top flight champions recorded a rare victory in that game, while they have lost just twice in 11 visits to the Emirates Stadium.But with 19 points currently separating the rivals in the top flight table, league leaders Arsenal have a chance to end their hoodoo with a victory at the weekend, and Smith has urged Arsene Wenger’s players to keep their heads when they face the troublesome Costa.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, plunderer-turned-pundit Smith said: “Costa was key at Stamford Bridge, when Gabriel got sucked into that spat.“He was a bit naïve to get sent off in that game, but I’m sure Arsene Wenger will talk with his defenders about Costa and just say, ‘don’t get involved, just concentrate on your game’.“Diego Costa absolutely loves winding players up. He thrives of it and he does a bit too much now, I think it detracts from his game.“But the Arsenal boys do not want to be getting involved in that on Sunday.”last_img read more