Sunderland star Lee Cattermole comments on Leicester City clash

Lee Cattermole

Sunderland's Lee Cattermole has expressed a rather strange opinion ahead of the side's match against Leicester City this weekend.

Sunderland's Lee Cattermole has suggested that Leicester City need a win more than his side do when the two teams meet this weekend.

Cattermole believes that the Foxes' need for the three points is greater than their own because of the positions the two sides currently occupy. 

"This is one game they will be looking to win," Cattermole said ahead of the match to the Sunderland Echo. "They probably need a win more than us."

It may have been a statement designed to take the pressure off his teammates, but it looks a strange admission to make publicly. 

Although Leicester are trailing Sunderland at the moment, the Black Cats have hardly been inspiring over the course of the season so far and a defeat for them could be equally as damaging as it will be for the hosts. 

Cattermole and his team are only three points away from the bottom three, with Leicester able to leapfrog them in the Premier League table if they do fall to a defeat on Saturday.

Although Sunderland's form has improved of late, unlike Leicester's whose has tailed off dramatically, they are still in a relegation scrap and this is a cliched 'six-pointer' for both teams.

The Black Cats players still have work to do to win around a fan-base who has become frustrated with their apparent apathy on the pitch.

Although a win over Crystal Palace and a draw with Everton in their last two fixtures has appeased some of the fans' concerns, the effects of a damaging 8-0 defeat to Southampton are still being felt. 

A loss this weekend would only pile pressure back on the squad and it seems as if Cattermole is starting to relax before he should be. 

Gus Poyet's men are not ahead of schedule right now and to hear one of their most experience players saying that Leicester need the three points more than them, despite their precarious position, does seem a rather worrying opinion ahead of a crucial match. 

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