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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 …



Dear Colin,

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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11 Responses to “Le Parole di Paolo: beating Tottenham barely a start, satisfaction within reach” Subscribe

  1. ffff July 24, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    It was only a friendly… and one played in terrible conditions. Don’t get carried away Sunderland fans, or you’re going to look very silly come the end of the season.

    Your fascist, loose cannon of a manager will self-destruct should things not go his way. Beware!

    • salutsunderland July 24, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

      I refer the Hon Gentleman to the reply I gave earlier at Sixer’s Sevens … https://salutsunderland.com/2013/07/sixers-sevens-sunderland-3-tottenham-hotspur-1-trevor-francis-0/#comments

    • Terry July 24, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

      I was going to do a thumbs down, but instead…

      You are obviously very upset hence the use of ‘it was only a friendly’ as if nothing was at stake. If nothing was at stake then neither team would have traveled all the way to Hong Kong. The organisers seem to think it is a worthwhile tournament in which to partake and have spent a lot of money. At stake is fitness, team cohesion, and a little bit of kudos from the tournament.

      The term ‘fascist loose cannon’ says more about you. How about ‘communist loose cannon’ or ‘catholic loose cannon’ or ‘methodist loose cannon’? How many political and denominational loose cannons are there?

      I hope your anger subsides.

  2. Richard July 24, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    Who, exactly, is getting carried away? Who’s even said that we are definitely staying up?

    Who was bleating on about their champions league credentials last season?

    Who is on a Sunderland fan-site, sounding bitter in defeat?

    I enjoyed beating Spurs today. It means nothing but gave signs of encouragement when compared to the dross we were subjected to last year- and we scored goals, which I could cheer, which is about the best thing about being a football fan in my opinion.

    Saturday will hopefully be a more interesting test on a better pitch against better players.

  3. upthemackems July 24, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    your relagation side site comes up on spurs newsnow. Why else would we be commenting on a soon to be championship team website. Enjoy your win today and good luck for your first final in how many years on saturday. You beat a spurs side with 3 players who will be in the first 11 come the start of the season dont get too excited over a pre season match played with 40 mins a half and on a waterlogged pitch. im seeing all sunderland fans on social media sites getting so excited over todays result come may when your near the bottom fighting relegation least you can say you beat a tottenham reserve side. lol

    • Terry July 24, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

      Would you like to try one of my grapes? They may be a bit sweeter than yours.

    • janglesmangles July 25, 2013 at 12:28 am #

      It’s called being a fan, pal. We watch, and even sometimes enjoy, pre-season games!

    • Eric012 July 25, 2013 at 5:48 am #

      “come May etc etc”. All the more reason to enjoy every victory and every good performance when they come along.

  4. Dan July 24, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    I agree, no need to be bitter or even antagonistic, to Sunderland. I can imagine their fans being excited at beating the mighty Spurs. I genuinely hope you enjoy it. Moments like you had today are why we get into football. The promise of success. Or as one Danny Blanchflower put it: Glory. As someone mentioned above, this did come up on newsnow, a website with sole responsibility for me even remembering that we played today, such is the amnesia of defeat.

  5. George July 24, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    Only three in Spurs starting line-up?Names please.

  6. vince July 26, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    “Humble”…now there is a word we do not often see in Premiership football these days.Say what you like about Paulo ,he says the right things.

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