Italian has a strong message to the struggling Black Cats.
Recently-appointed Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio has said that his players must get fitter if they want to remain in the Premier League following their 2-1 loss at Chelsea in what was the Italian’s first match in charge of the Black Cats.
The former Swindon Town boss was speaking after having watched his new charges in action for the very first time at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, and he would have been pleased with some of the things that he saw in west London.
The struggling visitors even went in at the break 1-0 ahead after an own goal from Blues right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, only to then succumb after the break following second-half strikes from first Oscar and then centre-back Branislav Ivanovic.
And it was the surrender of their first-half lead through costly individual mistakes that Di Canio wants his team to eradicate between now and the end of the season.
“I know exactly what they can give me in terms of energy,” Di Canio said in his post-match press conference.
“It is a short time but we are capable of building their strength, resistance and most importantly their attention, because the goals came from mistakes.
“It is not the fittest team in the world but we are going to work and give them more energy in the next few days and weeks.”