Advocaat explains why he will select same Sunderland XI against Bournemouth

Dick Advocaat

Sunderland will name the same team against Bournemouth as they used against Tottenham.

Sunderland take on Bournemouth this weekend looking to win their first game of the season, and Dick Advocaat has admitted to the Sunderland Echo that he will utilise the same tactical set-up and XI against the Cherries as he did against Tottenham.

He said: “Yes, I will play the same system [against Bournemouth]. I’m not the kind of coach who will change the system every week. I would like to think they [the opposition] have to adapt to how we want to play. I can’t say that last weekend’s starting XI is necessarily my best XI. But there’s not really a reason to change at Bournemouth – continuity and momentum is the most important thing, although everyone else knows that we also need a win.”

Sunderland’s performance against Spurs was undoubtedly their best of the season, even if it ended in a defeat.

They were unfortunate to fall to a loss, and despite dominating play, it took a great team goal from Ryan Mason to secure the three points for the Lilywhites.

However, there were clear improvements in that game from the early weeks of the season, and Advocaat has admitted that he sees no need to change the XI he selected when the Black Cats head to Bournemouth tomorrow.

Advocaat favours continuity and momentum, and so he wants to see a replication of the performance against Spurs, even if the XI selected are not all the best players he can call upon.

There is a time to change players around, but Advocaat does not believe this weekend is the time, considering how Sunderland are finally starting to put in performances which suggest they are not doomed for another relegation fight.

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