SUNDERLAND’S Capital One Cup final performance has put them on the map on the other side of the Atlantic, insists Gus Poyet.
Supporters took immense pride in the performance of the Black Cats in their first major final for 22 years last weekend, despite Poyet’s side ultimately being pegged back by Manchester City in the second half.
But Poyet says Sunderland’s display in the 3-1 final defeay at Wembley has also earned the plaudits further afield after the head coach has spoken to friends and family in his native South America this week.
“Everyone was watching all over the world and I can say we’ve had plenty of praise from South America,” said the Uruguayan.
“They didn’t know what to expect; they were thinking Man City would run over us.
“But we’ve had very good reports from everyone.”
Poyet has received plenty of feedback on Wearside too, with Sunderland’s squad – minus their international absentees – spending the week training at the Academy of Light.
And the Sunderland boss is pleased to know supporters are buying into his vision for the club, by seeing the progress being made with the side.
“The only way to compete as a club and convince the fans is to show them what we are going to give them,” he said.
“That’s what I try to explain to foreigners coming into England.
“I tell them that they need to do everything for the club, because then, they’re going to become a legend.
“That’s what you’re paid for; to make decisions and do everything possible for the fans.”
As for Poyet himself, he remains split by contrasting emotions – the disappointment of losing the final, yet heartened by Sunderland’s performance.
“There’s two sides,” he added.
“One of them is what I hate; losing. It was a great opportunity to win something important.
“But on the other side, when you try to get away from emotions, you feel proud and what it meant to the fans – how much they enjoyed their weekend.
“That’s very pleasing because it was a great day.”
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