Ki expects confidence boost

Sunderland midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng expects his team to be more confident after their surprise win against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

Last Updated: 18/12/13 at 15:32 Post Comment

Ki Sung-Yueng: Sunderland midfielder expects confidence boost

Ki Sung-Yueng: Sunderland midfielder expects confidence boost

The 24-year-old scored the winner with 90 seconds left in extra time to complete a dramatic comeback after Fabio Borini had scored in the 88th minute to cancel out Lee Cattermole's own goal.

The South Korean international now hopes that the win will improve morale within the Black Cats' camp after their poor start to the Premier League season.

"I think definitely it can help our league form. The atmosphere is buzzing among the boys and we all believe," Ki told the Shields Gazette.

"Chelsea are one of the best teams in England. Even though this is the League Cup, we don't care, because we'll get a lot of confidence from that.

"I think the boys were desperate to win. They had a lot of energy and we were fitter than Chelsea. We controlled the game in extra time.

"I can't express the feeling. It's my first goal in England, a quarter-final against Chelsea and scoring in the last minute. That's maybe a once in a lifetime experience.

"If we can beat Chelsea, we can beat other teams."

Ki's 118th-minute goal was his first since February 2012 when he scored for Celtic, with the on-loan Swansea player saying he was "desperate to get one".

"I was pushed forward. In the last game at West Ham, I had a lot of chances, but couldn't score, so I was desperate to get on," he admitted.

"It was great to celebrate and to get through to the semi-final.

"I had a chance a few minutes before with the header, but I thought I would get another chance."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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