Fabio Borini admits he can sometimes show too much emotion on the pitch – but insists it is only because he cares so much.
The Sunderland forward has endured a frustrating campaign having struggled with injury in the early part of the season followed by an indifferent run of form.
Sunderland, meanwhile, have been battling relegation all season, with the Black Cats now six points from safety ahead of the final 11 games.
The passionate 25-year-old says he keeps his emotions in check off the pitch but he can’t help showing them during games.
Borini said: “I care and that’s probably why I get more frustrated than I should actually be, because frustration can actually get you in a negative side of your mood, but I hope everyone feels the same.
“People are different in how they show emotions, I’m actually quite closed.
“I don’t show emotion a lot apart from when I’m on the pitch because it’s easy, it’s natural, it’s my environment and I try to show in actions rather than word,” added Borini.
He has scored just once in 15 appearances this season but has been played out wide when he has featured, with Borini opening up about his frustrations over his position recently.
Sunderland have a free weekend after today’s scheduled Premier League game away to relegation rivals Middlesbrough was rescheduled due to Boro’s cup run.
Aitor Karanka’s side today host Manchester City at the Riverside in the quarter-finals of the competition, with the game against Sunderland still to be rescheduled.
It is likely the game will take place in an already busy April, with Sunderland facing six games as they battle against the drop.
Sunderland are back in action when they host Burnley at the Stadium of Light next Saturday.
Borini believes confidence is key and says with that anything is possible – just ask last season’s surprise Premier League champions Leicester City.
The former Liverpool and Roma forward insists the Black Cats have what it takes to stay up and don’t need to play “unbelievable football” to survive.
“Every time we stayed up in the past few years, it has been down to what we have done ourselves on the pitch by working together and sacrificing for one another,” added Borini.
“That’s what kept us up, not the unbelievable football we played.
“We don’t have to play unbelievable football to stay up, we have proved that in the past.
“Confidence is the key in modern football, as Leicester showed last season – they won the league with an average team.
“We know in football how quickly things can change, Ranieri has been sacked nine months after he won the league.
“He should have a statue outside the stadium like people said, so we always know that football can change.”