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Head Coach aiming high

by Kate Smith

‘I always want to win, the Tottenham game is no different’- PDC

Paolo Di Canio sees Wednesday’s Barclays Asia Trophy clash with Tottenham as a chance to see the progress his squad has made.

The Head Coach is reveling in the opportunity of having his side take part in such a high profile tournament and against strong opposition in the form of Spurs.

Di Canio told “I always want to win; against Tottenham it is no different.

“The game is on a big stage in front of the whole world, the stadium is sold out and I’m looking forward to seeing my players in action.”

Di Canio and his backroom staff have employed a meticulous pre-season programme as the team prepare for the 2013-14 campaign and the head coach is looking forward to seeing how his team have progressed.

“I’m sure they are going to give their best,” he said.

“It’s a big opportunity for them all and the new faces in the squad to see what improvements we have made especially as we are playing a top team.”

Tottenham were Sunderland’s last Premier League opposition as they slipped to defeat at White Hart Lane, courtesy of a Gareth Bale wonder-goal, back in May.

Di Canio added: “We played Spurs on the last day of the season, we know a lot about them as they haven’t changed much around and it will be a good test for us – and for Spurs too.

“We will be able to see the desire of the team, both teams as we try to beat each other.”