Swede and sour for Sunderland’s Karlsson

Paolo Di Canio with David Moberg Karlsson.
Paolo Di Canio with David Moberg Karlsson.

DAVID MOBERG Karlsson says Sunderland’s pre-season regime has been the toughest training experience of his career.

But the Swede hopes Paolo Di Canio’s fitness programme will help him continue to make an impact after grabbing the third goal in Sunderland’s Barclays Asia Trophy triumph over Spurs.

Moberg Karlsson admits life under Di Canio has proved a shock to the system after the 19-year-old’s £1.5million summer move from Gothenburg.

Yet the winger believes Sunderland’s superior stamina in the second half of yesterday’s Asia Trophy semi-final win over Spurs is evidence that the Black Cats head coach’s methods are working with his overhauled side.

“We’ve trained hard in pre-season, I’ve never trained so hard in my life!” he told the Echo.

“But I suppose it’s good to feel that you’re so much fitter than the opposition.

“I think it helps that there’s a lot of new signings, because everyone is working and speaking with each other because Paolo wants us to be like brothers and fight for each other.”

Despite being on the field for just 16 minutes, second half substitute Moberg Karlsson made his mark on the encounter.

He delivered the corner from which Wes Brown gave Sunderland the lead and then slotted home the third goal himself on the counter-attack in the last minute.

“Of course, it was really great to make such an impact,” added Moberg Karlsson.

“I was happy just to get a few minutes on the pitch.

“Honestly, I didn’t take the corners at my former club, but I’m enjoying the responsibility and glad it worked well yesterday.

“Sess (Stephane Sessegnon) made a good pass (for the goal) and I just tried to hit it in the corner and it went well.”

Moberg Karlsson’s contribution also found favour with fellow Swede Seb Larsson.

“I was delighted that he was on the scoresheet,” said Larsson.

“He’s a young lad whose come in and he’s enthusiastic and he’s done well so far.”

The Sunderland midfielder added: “I’m sure it’s been nice for him to have a fellow Swede around and ask a few questions.

“I like it myself too. I haven’t played with a Swede before in club football so it’s good.”