Di Canio: It’s all about goals for Sunderland

Paolo Di Canio makes a point at training
Paolo Di Canio makes a point at training
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PAOLO Di Canio has promised Sunderland fans attacking football as he bids to steer the club clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

The new Black Cats boss’s footballing philosophy is all about scoring goals – and he has vowed to get his players on the front foot in the remaining seven games.

“I played attacking football at Swindon because in my view it is clear that – regardless of whether you want to stay up or whether you want to win the league – you have to score a goal,” he said.

“So here at Sunderland, we have to score goals.

“We can’t look to defend and just hope that we score a goal, score the one goal, and then defend all game.”

Di Canio has spent this week at the Academy of Light looking at how best he might get the most out of the squad he has inherited, with a tough trip to Chelsea on Sunday his first game in charge.

For the moment, he is considering making the best use of his wide men by trying to get them further upfield in open play. “I probably won’t change the formation so much here at the moment because they know the system they are playing,” he said.

“We have very good wingers and we do have a mix of strikers – obviously not all of them because we have injuries – but I do have options to mix things around.

“I will play 4-2-4 when we have possession and I will look to change the mechanics of the side because we do need to improve our attacking options in order to damage our opponents.”