Poyet targets cup shock

Gus Poyet has challenged his Sunderland players to boost their Premier League survival hopes by dumping Chelsea out of the Capital One Cup.

Last Updated: 17/12/13 at 10:43 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The sides meet for the second time in less than a fortnight at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening, live on Sky Sports 1HD, with a semi-final place at stake.

Chelsea arrive on Wearside, where they won 4-3 in the Premier League on December 4, sitting third in the table and only two points behind leaders Arsenal.

Sunderland are rooted at the bottom of the standings and Poyet wants them to learn how to become winners by upsetting the odds and beating high-flying Chelsea.

Poyet said: "If we want to get out of the relegation zone, we need to become winners, winning football games, and to become winners, we need to win the next one, so let's see if we can use it for that reason.

"It's important. It's a cup competition. We are losing a little bit of belief in England in the cups because, of course, the Premier League or the Champions League means everything.

"It's a competition and you cannot start the season thinking, 'I won't care about this one, I will care a little bit about this one and only care properly about this one'.

"It's just about playing and becoming winners. A winner is somebody who wins most of the time, and that's what we are trying to achieve here."

Sunderland face Norwich at home on Saturday but the 46-year-old Uruguayan is adamant that the showdown with the Canaries will not even enter his head until the final whistle sounds on Tuesday night.

Poyet said: "I am trying - it's not easy because of the situation we are in - but I am really trying to concentrate only on tomorrow, so I am not watching Norwich, I am not reading any news about Norwich.

"It's all about Chelsea now. Now, I am sure as soon as the game is finished, it's going to come into my head, Norwich, Norwich, Norwich.

"But for now, I don't want even to think about it."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

I

love you Degsy, more worringly so does my wife.

hurler
Backing Hull To Beat United 2-1...

Footer 365

UEFA chief Michel Platini says it would be good for football if Sepp Blatter loses FIFA election

Michel Platini is backing Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan in Friday’s FIFA presidential election.

Radamel Falcao to leave Manchester United after loan ends

Manchester United have confirmed Radamel Falcao will return to AS Monaco following his season-long loan with the club.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he'll leave if told by club owners

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he knows the pressure is on him and will resign if asked to by the club's owners.

Mail Box

Can We Combine Danny And Theo?

The finishing of Theo Walcott and the hold-up play of Danny Welbeck would be just perfect. Plus, lots of Brendan Rodgers, some Big Sam and all hail Degsy...

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company