Di Canio will take control of the Black Cats for the first time at Stamford Bridge, and he has insisted that it is a fantastic opportunity for his players to showcase their talent on a big stage.
The 44-year-old told the club's official website: "It's fantastic. The players will be motivated on their own; they live to play on the big stage. Obviously we are going to give them extra motivation to try to get a very good result.
"Chelsea at Stamford Bridge - what can you say? I can't wait for it and I expect the same desire and determination from my players to make sure they do a good job."
The former Swindon Town boss arrives at the Stadium of Light with Sunderland just one point above the relegation zone in the Premier League table.