Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fab Boost If We Can Beat Reds or Blues

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fab Boost If We Can Beat Reds or Blues

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Byline: Steve Brown Sports Writer steve.sports-brown@trinitymirror.com

FABIO BORINI has challenged Sunderland to make a "big statement" by beating Manchester City or Liverpool. And the Italian insists the unpredictable nature of this season's Premier League means the Black Cats can take on its traditional big boys "with a bit more of a chance".

Against his old club Liverpool, especially, Borini knows the difference could be in how he controls his emotions as he did at Chelsea, another former employer, on Saturday.

Defeat at Stamford Bridge nonetheless saw the 24-yearold score his first goal for the Wearsiders since returning on a permanent basis from the Reds in the summer.

As such, he is relishing Liverpool's visit to the Stadium of Light next Wednesday, when his past connection with the club will evoke a "little bit extra attitude" and "more desire".

But while wins against any opponent are to be sought and cherished, Borini says beating the Anfield outfit, or Manchester City at the Etihad on Boxing Day, would have a big impact on Sunderland's chances of avoiding relegation.

"It would be a big statement to beat a team like Manchester City or Liverpool," he said.

"Obviously, every win helps, and it doesn't really matter who you beat as long as you get the three points.

"But it is not like other years where you would look at those teams and think 'No one is beating them'. Teams are beating them, and we have to look at things that way.

"You go into those games with a bit more of a chance because of the way the league is going. Leicester (City) are top of the league, Watford are doing really well, and teams like Norwich (City), (AFC) Bournemouth and Newcastle (United) are beating the big teams."

Having scored against Chelsea on Saturday, Borini is particularly eager to repeat the feat against Liverpool next week.

"I always want to play in every game, but I suppose everything that happened at Liverpool gives me that little bit extra attitude to really want to do well in that game," he said.

"Maybe other players do not have quite the same desire as me because of the time I spent with Liverpool and what happened there. …

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