Sunderland boss to decide Manchester City team at last minute

Gus Poyet
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GUS POYET will wait until the eve of tomorrow’s clash against Manchester City before deciding upon his starting XI to face the reigning Premier League champions.

Sunderland boss Poyet has no fresh injury worries after Saturday’s draw against Chelsea, despite a couple of concerns at the conclusion of the stalemate.

But Poyet is mindful of the physical toll which that result placed on Sunderland’s players and is considering introducing fresh legs for tomorrow’s Stadium of Light encounter against City.

Sunderland’s squad are due to undergo a light training session tomorrow morning and Poyet will wait until then to decide upon his line-up.

Poyet said today: “It (Chelsea) was very demanding.

“We had a few issues afterwards so you can imagine.

“I haven’t decided the team yet. It’s in my head, but we’re going to have a little session at midday tomorrow.

“I know the players very well, which ones can play three games in a week at this level without any problems.

“There are others who might have a little knock or muscle problem who can still perform, even if they are not 100 per cent.

“And there’s others who can’t.

“That information helps me to pick the right team.

“But without a doubt, we need to be careful.

“Yes, most of them deserve to play on the pitch.

“If we were playing Saturday, rather than Wednesday, then they would probably be the same.

“But we need to be careful.”

Poyet’s game-plan paid off against Chelsea after Sunderland became the first team since May to prevent Jose Mourinho’s side finding the net.

And although Sunderland have had less time to prepare for the visit of fellow Premier League heavyweights City, Poyet believes there are similar themes which the Black Cats can incorporate in their strategy tomorrow.

“I would like to have more time,” he added.

“But this one in particular, there are plenty of similarities between Chelsea and Manchester City.

“They’re not exactly the same of course, but there’s special players, very good on the ball, who normally keep it and push you back.

“We need to do certain aspects similar to Chelsea, which helps.

“But at the same time, we wanted to work on a couple of things that we’re still improving going the other way (attacking).”