Hull City winger Ahmed Elmohamady has underlined the importance of his team's game against Sunderland on Tuesday in the Premier League, describing the match as a "cup final."
The Tigers lie 15th on the 20-team table with 26 points, one ahead of 16th placed Sunderland with both teams facing a survival battle
“The gaffer (ex-Sunderland boss Steve Bruce) had a word with us afterwards and it was him who said it was like a cup final. He is right. Sunderland is what you call a six-pointer," the Egyptian international was quoted as saying on the Sunderland Echo on Monday.
“We have a good record. We have won three times in the league against Sunderland and also beat them in the cup last year. But in football anything can happen so we must keep our focus and concentrate," he added.
Elmo, who played for Sunderland from 2010 until 2012 before joining Hull City, vowed to fight hard against his old mates.
“When you face your old club, you concentrate 150 per cent, to show everyone how you play. But it is not about me. Everyone here wants to win our next game. It is a cup final, like I say,” he concluded.
The 27-year old winger helped Hull win promotion in 2013, having won the club's player of the year award.
Elmohamady also helped them reach the final of the FA Cup in 2014 only to lose to Arsenal 3-2 after extra-time.
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