So our Champions League final might as well have been an end-of-season jaunt. Southampton, clearly the better side without even being that good, will feel aggrieved at dropping two points. Sunderland survive for now but rely, in all rational probability, on Arsenal or Villa to maintain that survival. Paolo Di Canio knows the score as his post-match e-mail makes clear …
Today’s point is a very important point.
We didn’t deserve to win the game because Southampton did a better job than us.
With 15 minutes to go we were 1-0 up and could perhaps taste the victory, but it didn’t happen.
I needed more from the players.
I have to be honest, after the first 25 minutes I could have made changes.
I expect much more – my demands are very high.
At this moment that is the minimum, the players should know this without me telling them. I will have to make sure I select the right players.
We have to move on and make sure we’re fully focused on our next game. I want to see a different performance from Sunderland.
Even after Tuesday’s result – whatever that may be – I want to see a professional performance at Spurs because we need to build a different mentality for the future.
All the best,
Paolo Di Canio
See what Monsieur Salut made of it at ESPN: