Sunderland manager Paulo Di Canio has spoken of his optimism that the club will not battle against relegation from the Premier League this season as they did in 2012/13, Sky
The Black Cats have been the busiest Premier League club in the transfer market this summer, making several new signings, including Basel’s Cabral, defenders Modibo Diakite and Valentin Roberge, and Italy international winger Emanuele Giaccherini, who impressed at this summer’s Confederations Cup.
The club narrowly avoided being relegated last season, where they struggled for consistency and goals, eventually finishing 17th. This time around, however, Di Canio is confident that his side can improve significantly. He said: “For sure, our plan is to play better football and stay up more comfortably than last year.
“During the season, the plan that you make at the beginning of the season can change, but I am sure that we will finish in a more comfortable position this year because the players are good players and are concentrating.”
Di Canio has looked to alter Sunderland’s mentality since taking over from Martin O’Neill in April, and he believes that he has managed to do that. He added: “I also need to change the mentality a bit that I found last year. But I can tell you that something has changed a lot and I really think that we will have a very good season.”
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