Sunderland boss Di Canio determined to win Asia Trophy

The Black Cats travel to Hong Kong at the end of July to take part in the friendly tournament, and the Italian manager believes victory can help foster a winning attitude
Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has set his sights on winning the Barclays Asia Trophy and believes victory would set the Black Cats up for a successful 2013-14 campaign.

Di Canio took charge of the struggling club at the end of March, picking up eight points in his seven games in charge as Sunderland finished one place above the relegation zone.

The Black Cats travel to Hong Kong to take part in the Asia Trophy as part of their pre-season preparations from July 24 to 27, and face Tottenham in the semi-final ahead of either Manchester City or South China in the final or third place play-off.

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The Italian manager has called on his side to achieve victory in the friendly tournament, and is convinced a successful pre-season can carry over into the new Premier League campaign.

“I want to win every game. Even when we have a friendly game I have a winning mentality,” Di Canio told the official Premier League website.

“Even when I play cards with my daughter I want to win every time. I want to upset her because I want to win. My mentality is to win every game.

“There are obvious priorities, the Premier League is more important than friendly games.

“But only if we deliver this mentality can we take every competition seriously.

“So the Barclays Asia tournament is very important because we are going to face the top sides and that’s the dream of every player – that is the mission, to play every game against a top side.

“The fact that we have the chance to do this in Hong Kong means only the country changes, not the desire, the commitment that we have to deliver on the field, so it’s a good opportunity.

“We want to win the tournament and we will do everything we can.”