Ki hails Sunderland’s Poyet revolution

Ki Sung-Yueng keeps the ball away from Manchester City's Fernandinho at Wembley. Picture by Kevin Brady

Ki Sung-Yueng keeps the ball away from Manchester City's Fernandinho at Wembley. Picture by Kevin Brady

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KI Sung-Yueng says he and his team-mates are on the road to somewhere at Sunderland.

The South Korean international says boss Gus Poyet is a man with a plan and everyone in the current squad has benefited from his arrival at the club in October.

“Since Gus came to Sunderland, I think as a team and individually there has been a big improvement in each player,” he told the Football Echo.

“I think people have recognised that he is a very good manager, as do the players.

“He understands how he can play against the big teams and the small teams and he is very comfortable in management.

“So I’m very happy to be here working with him because my game can only improve by working with him.

The on-loan Swansea midfielder experienced his second Capital One Cup final in consecutive seasons last weekend, testing Manchester City keeper Costel Pantilimon with a fierce, long-range drive in the second half.

But unlike the Swans’ 5-0 crushing of Bradford at Wembley last season, Sunderland had to endure a 3-1 defeat to Champions League outfit City.

For Ki, though, there was satisfaction and pride to be had from what looked like the most unlikeliest of Wembley appearances in the opening few weeks of Sunderland’s season.

“To get to two cup finals does not happen a lot, so I have to be pleased to have achieved that,” he said.

“It’s something very special in my career.

“I wanted the final for myself, for the fans and for my family.

“It is great for Sunderland and for Sunderland fans that the club got to go to Wembley after such a difficult season, especially in the early months when the performances and the results were not good enough.

“All we want to do, is do ourselves justice, and lately we have been doing that more often than not.”

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