Di Canio eager to test new-look Sunderland against Spurs

Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio is looking forward to facing Tottenham in Hong Kong tomorrow.

Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio is looking forward to facing Tottenham in Hong Kong tomorrow.

Di Canio knows the tournament will represent a challenge for his new-look side, particularly so early in pre-season, but he is confident of making an impression.

The Italian told SAFC TV: "Always I want to win in any game.

"Against Tottenham in front of most parts of the world on live television, the stadium is sold out...but it is more important for me to see my players in action.

"I am sure they are going to give their best because it's a big opportunity for all of them, and the new faces that we have, to see the improvement individually, but more importantly collectively against a top side.

"Ironically, we played the last game of the season against them. We know them approximately because they haven't changed a lot.

"It will be a good test. Obviously, we can't see, I presume, for both sides the incredible intensity straight away because we are in the middle of pre-season.

"But we will see straight away the desire, the attitude and the quality from both teams trying to beat each other."

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