In fact, so much so, that he felt inclined to provide a simile of sorts – having sex with pop icon Madonna.
He spoke of his favourite memory as a player – his winning goal for former club West Ham United against Manchester United in the FA Cup competition of 2001.
Should his Swindon Town team be victorious against Aston Villa, they would seal their place in the last eight of the cup – something which League One Swindon might compare to, well, perhaps: winning the cup?
Not Di Canio. He said,
“When I scored against Manchester United it was very exciting to look around and see 9,000 people celebrating away from home.”
The Italian made 118 appearances for West Ham over his infamous 4-year spell at the London club. He was one of their most cherished players, although often loathsome to his managers. He netted an impressive 48 goals before moving across London to Charlton Athletic in 2003.
“Beating Manchester United was amazing, like having sex with Madonna – and beating Villa as a manager would be just as good,” he continued.
“Better than having sex with Madonna? Let me try it and I will give you an honest answer!”
However, it’s not completely out of the realms that he could – beat Villa, not have sex with Madonna – since taking the reigns at Swindon in 2011, he’s beaten two Premier League teams in cup competitions. Both Stoke and Wigan have succumbed to the Italian’s will.
He also claims that preparing his team for ‘big games’ presents less of a challenge for him as a manger than for smaller, more routine League One fixtures.
“Seriously, I find it easier to prepare for games against Premier League teams because my players are so enthusiastic.”
“Also, we play good football, so we are better suited to these games than against teams who play the ball in the air.”
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