Santiago Vergini has warned both Chelsea and Manchester City that Sunderland are out to get maximum points off of them.
Sunderland will head into all the three games as underdogs, but 26-year-old defender Vergini, who is currently on loan from Argentine club Estudiantes, insists that they are determined to win their home fixtures.
“We’re coming up against some of the best teams in the world, and it’s a really good way to measure ourselves - both collectively and individually,” The Mirror quotes the Argentina international as saying.
“Special games. They’re going to be very tough though, and we’ll have to work hard to get anything out of them and continue putting points on the board…
“It’s important that we don’t lose our home games and particularly don’t lose the ones where we’re playing away against direct rivals.
“Those are the games that are really six-pointers. It was vital not to lose on Saturday and now we need to look to win our home games.”
Vergini was referring to Sunderland’s goalless draw with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
The Black Cats were probably favourites heading into the match, but manager Gus Poyet and his players had to settle for a point.
It was the second successive draw in the Premier League for 14th-placed Sunderland, who could be sucked into the relegation zone in the coming days.
Winning against Chelsea and City even at home is something that many would claim is beyond them, but perhaps Sunderland could pick up a point at Liverpool, who are struggling for points and form at the moment.