The Black Cats take on Manchester City at Wembley this afternoon to take the season’s first major trophy and also book a place in Europe for next season.
Poyet has turned things around at the Stadium of Light, with the club sitting bottom of the table when he took over they now have a realistic chance of staying up and beat Chelsea and Manchester United to get into the cup final.
The former Tottenham midfielder has been told that he will be a hero if he lifts the cup in North London today, and that is the only encouragement he needs.
“I was told last week that if I want to be famous or a hero in Sunderland then I need to win the Cup,” said Poyet.
“It puts pressure on us but I love it. I cannot play, coach or manage without pressure – it wouldn’t be me.
“We need to be perfect.
“We need to be at our best level as a group and not make any mistakes, not give any presents or anything away.
“We need to be outstanding tactically and defensively and we need to be spot on when we’re on the ball – if we’re not very good on the ball we’ve got no chance.”