Borini previews 'important week'

by Stuart Vose

Italian focused on league following cup successes.

Fabio Borini says Sunderland must forget about the Capital One Cup final for now amidst what he describes as one of the biggest weeks of the campaign.

The Black Cats face Stoke City on Wearside on Wednesday evening in a key game before Saturday’s short trip to Tyneside for the derby with Newcastle at St James’ Park.

Gus Poyet’s side made headlines by beating Manchester United on penalties last week to set up a Wembley date with Manchester City, but now Borini says he’s fully focused on the league once more.

“It needs to be in the back of our minds now because we are professional and think about things game by game," said the Italian, who has scored four goals so far this season.

“We can’t just think about one game. We have four or five games in between which are more important now to stay in the Barclays Premier League.”

He added: “It’s one of the most important weeks of the season. We have got two games that are achievable to get three points.

“If we could get away with four or six points then it would be a very good week and hopefully we can look forward to the last part of the season.”

A win on Wednesday evening would move Sunderland to within a point of Mark Hughes’ Stoke.

But Borini says the Black Cats must be at their best to overcome a Potters side who are always a difficult proposition.

"It will be very tough,” he said. “It’s always tough playing against Stoke.

“They put everything in physically. Set pieces are hard to defend against them because of the height they’ve got.”

Watch the full interview with Fabio on SAFSee above.