A new title and a new-look Sunderland team are the orders of the day as Paolo Di Canio‘s first full season of post-match verdicts, as delivered in his over-so-exclusive e-mail to Monsieur Salut (and maybe tens of thousands of others), approaches. Thrilled with the performance that brought 3-1 victory over Spurs, PDC points out that we’ve achieved nowt just yet …
It was very good the way it came, the victory. To have come back from 1-0 down to win and create many chances – I’m very happy.
We are starting to have the identity I want to see. The pitch didn’t help, but on that kind of pitch we did many good things.
In the future we will adjust and complete our process to become a team with a clear identity.
We now have a mix of footballers who can play in every situation, with different strategies, in a tactical way.
We can counter with Jozy up front who is a quality player. Giaccherini is at 30% [fitness] at the moment and is a fantastic footballer with intelligence and quality.
One-on-one, Johnson is one of the best players in the league on his day. Sessegnon, if he keeps working so hard like he has done, he showed tonight he can be a player when played between the two lines.
I enjoyed the way we started building up play from the back. I saw many good things, but we have not done anything yet.
Today we moved one big step forward, but the process to become a very good squad takes a bit longer.
If we think now that we are the best individuals and best squad, we will fall in a trap.
If the players maintain their humble attitude in training we are going to have good satisfaction this season.
All the best,
Paolo Di Canio
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