Allardyce on tough start

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce says the trip to Manchester City on the opening day of the season is a ‘tough start’ for the Black Cats.

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The Premier League fixtures have been released and Sunderland will travel to City before hosting promoted Middlesbrough in a Wear-Tees derby.

Allardyce says the day the fixtures are released is always a day of excitement for the fans as it whets their appetite for the forthcoming campaign.

He told “We have a tough start, facing Manchester City in Pep Guardiola’s first game on the opening day of the season, but it’s definitely a fixture we’ll be looking forward to, you’ve got to relish these games.

“Meanwhile, Middlesbrough in the first home game is a great fixture.

“We know we need to start better than we did last season and everything we do in pre-season will be geared towards making that happen.

“There’s only a couple of weeks to go until the players return for training and then the hard work will begin.”

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