PAOLO Di Canio is lusting after a fourth-round clash with one of the juggernauts of English football after watching his Swindon Town side dump Burnley out of the Capital One Cup last night.
Goals from Paul Benson, Andy Williams and Troy Archibald-Henville sent Swindon cantering to a 3-1 victory over the Clarets, for whom former Town striker Charlie Austin found the net.
And Di Canio now wants to face a Premier League big boy in round four and thereby have the chance to “make football history” with the Robins.
“Everybody will try to see the draw and hope for some names, but from my point of you I would tell you I sign to play Manchester United away or Chelsea away, because on a big occasion it is not important if you lose 5-0 or 6-0,” he said.
“I don’t want to be part of a negative result. I am not mad if I say we like to play there, because even if there is only one chance in a million I would like to play there and make football history for this club with my players. Why not?
“I don’t know if it is easy to reach the final, maybe not, but maybe.
“I am not crazy and I don’t think about the final, but I think about Manchester United away or Chelsea away, or at home, but away is better.
“50,000 and lots of our fans able to come and see us, it would be a fantastic moment for everybody at Swindon. Even if there is one chance in 100 million, why not try to make history for this club.
“Losing 6-0 is not important, but if I see Manchester United away then maybe not.”
Di Canio was delighted with his team’s performance against Burnley, saying: “We are happy because we got through to the next round because maybe there is a chance to play in a fantastic stadium.
“But from my point of view the most important thing is the performance, and once again we went through not for accident but because we fully deserved it.
“We scored three goals and probably should have scored another three or four, but in the end we made an outstanding performance.
“I do not want to sound arrogant but today we can smile, not laugh, smile.
“They did very well and the team went well, but up front when the forwards run like they did it is expensive, because my football is expensive in terms of energy.”
The draw for the fourth round of the Capital One Cup is scheduled to take place at around 10pm tonight.