KI SUNG-YUENG says Sunderland must hunt in packs to keep Manchester City giant Yaya Toure under wraps tomorrow.
Sunderland will face threats from all over the park against the title contenders in this weekend’s Capital One Cup final, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side netting 69 times in just 26 Premier League outings.
But midfielder Toure, who has scored 16 goals to his name already this season, is arguably the chief dangerman in City’s armoury.
Sunderland have dealt well in containing Toure during four successive Stadium of Light victories over City, with both Lee Cattermole and Jack Colback excelling against the 6ft 3in Ivory Coast international.
But on-loan Swansea midfielder Ki says Sunderland have to work together to ensure the former Barcelona man is kept quiet again at Wembley.
Ki told the Echo: “Maybe one against one, I can’t deal with him, so I need some help from my team-mates, whether that’s one against two, or two against three.
“We need to be very organised and solid as a team.
“We know from the game at home against Man City earlier in the season, that if we do the basic things that we should do, we have a chance.
“It’s Wembley, so it’s going to be a bit different.
“But maybe, it will give us a bit of confidence (November’s 1-0 win over City).
“I can’t predict the result - maybe we will win, maybe we will lose.
“But we just don’t want to have any regrets. If you prepare 100 per cent, you just want to do yourselves justice during the game.”
Inevitably, Sunderland will need to be defensively solid if they are to stand any chance against free-scoring City.
But Ki says the Black Cats must also offer a threat on the counter-attack - something they had done effectively in a six-game unbeaten run away from home prior to Saturday’s 4-1 rout at Arsenal.
The South Korean added: “If we just sit there and do the defensive work, we won’t get any chances. We need to concentrate on attacking the opposition.
“But we’ve done very well at that in the away games.
“We know when we play against the stronger teams how we need to get into position defensively and offensively.
“We’ve been watching them in every game, but they still do special things.
“Every player in their team is so good. Everyone knows that and that’s why their favourites.
“I can’t say Manchester City are THE best team in the league, because Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are all very good teams.
“But they are dangerous.
“They have world class players, who know how to create chances.”
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