Seb Larsson says dealing with pressure is the key for Sunderland

Sunderland player Seb Larsson says his team have to rely on their manager's experience and deal effectively with pressure.

Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson has told the Chronicle that he feels the key for any side staying in the Premier League will be handling the pressure.

Larsson has also suggested that the experience of Black Cats boss Dick Advocaat will be telling and will make a difference over the club’s remaining games.

“He won’t be fazed by anything and that’s where we get back to experience again. It is tough and pressure builds, as it should do in this situation when we are where we are,” said Larsson.

“I think the teams in and around us who deal with that pressure the best are going to be the ones who do OK.”

The pressure is intense because the importance of being a team in the Premier League has never been greater.

After next season, the TV rights deal covering the top flight is going to be worth £5 billion, which is a massive sum of money which can protect the future of any club, which benefits from a portion of it.

Sunderland are currently in the bottom three but Advocaat’s experience, as well as the experience from key players in the team is going to be very important over the next few weeks.

The manager’s experience will be important in terms of keeping everyone calm during big games and ensuring that they all remain focused on the task in hand.

Sunderland’s last two fixtures, against Arsenal and Chelsea, couldn’t be much tougher, which stresses the importance of the side putting some points on the board and giving themselves a bit of a cushion, which will release some of the pressure and make things a bit easier.

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