Sunderland winger Adam Johnson is relishing the prospect of facing former club Manchester City in the final of the Barclays Asia Trophy on Saturday.
The 26-year-old joined the Black Cats from City last summer in a deal worth an estimated £10 million and netted the winner on Boxing Day at the Stadium of Light. He said he is relishing the chance to face his former employers once more.
“It’s always nice going back to old teams and seeing familiar faces,” he told the Sunderland Echo. “I played against them last season and we did alright. This time around there’s less pressure, but we obviously want to win.”
The final will once again see Sunderland face testing conditions following Wednesday’s victory over Tottenham Hotspur in which the playing surface was publicly criticised.
“It’s obviously difficult but it’s the same for every team,” Johnson added. “Overall I thought we dealt with the conditions quite well as a team and used them to our advantage. We worked hard on the pitch and if we can do that again, then hopefully conditions won’t come into play.”