Sunderland boss ain’t gonna be too clever

Gus Poyet
Gus Poyet

GUS POYET insists he will avoid being “too clever” in his gameplan for the Capital One Cup final.

Sunderland are 9-1 outsiders to lift their first trophy in 41 years at Wembley on Sunday against a Manchester City side who have netted 19 times in five games on their way to the final.

But despite Sunderland facing a mammoth task to cause an upset, Poyet will not stray away from the philosophy which has taken the Black Cats to Wembley and vastly improved their chances of beating the drop.

“We’ve got a way of playing and an understanding of the game,” said the Sunderland boss.

“When we’ve done well in this competition, we’ve done it in a certain way.

“I’m not going to try to be too clever. That’s one of the biggest mistakes managers make.

“They try to be too ahead of the game.

“The game is simple, especially away.

“What I need to do is pick the right players to start the game.

“Then the game will dictate who needs to be on the pitch.”

While Poyet will have a strategy at kick-off against Manuel Pellegrini’s side, he will shy away from making any preconceived plans to deal with what may happen in the final.

“I don’t prepare in advance to deal with things if we are 0-0 at half-time or if we are 1-0 down at 60 minutes,” added Poyet.

“I’m not that type of manager. I respect the ones that do that, but it’s not me.

“I need to see and feel it. I analyse the game and read the game and if I see something I do it, right or wrong.

“In the same way that the press hail you for making a substitution and he scores the winning goal, I take responsibility when it doesn’t work.

“I love responsibilities and pressure; absolutely love it. I couldn’t manage without it.”