Tiote Has Great Confidence In His Newcastle Team-Mates


When Cheick Tiote was out at the African Cup of Nations for over five weeks,  it’s hardly surprising that he would talk often to his Premier League colleagues Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou of Chelsea.

Cheick Tiote in action in the final against Zambia

The Ivory Coast came within a whisker of winning the tournament for a second time, when the final went to penalties,  although they lost it at the death 8-7,  and that gave a very first win to Zambia.

And it seems that Cheick thinks the Magpies will finish above Chelsea in the Premier League this season – oh really – as he had this to say to the Daily Mail:

“We discussed it. I told Salomon we’ll finish fourth, and Chelsea will finish seventh and he said ‘ok then, we’ll see.”

“I suppose it shows the confidence I have in our team that I said it to him. If we keep working hard, everything’s possible and we can go for fourth. I think we’ve got a good chance.”

“We’re a point behind Chelsea and Arsenal and we have everyone back in the squad, Demba’s back and if we keep playing like we can I think we can stay in the top four.”

“This team isn’t just about two or three players, it’s about the whole squad. It doesn’t matter if one or two of those are missing, it’s down to the team to come through that.”

Good team words from the Ivory Coast International, who was one of their best players at the African Cup of Nations, and he was very happy to rejoin his colleagues last Monday on Tyneside.

Newcastle are on 42 points after 25 games which is just a single point behind Chelsea, and both sides have home games today with teams in the bottom three in the league.

Chelsea take on Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle play Wolves and both games kick off at 3:00 pm, and the betting suggests it should be two home wins, but of course you never know in the Premier League, especially this season.

But this could be one of the most important run-ins to the season for quite a while for Newcastle,  and they have a genuine chance of completely exceeding expectations this season, and finishing in the top six.

Top four would be great but we were smashed in our last game at Tottenham, so the lads have to show us today that they are indeed a good team,  and last time out was only a blip.

We hope they will be successful in doing that this afternoon.

Comments welcome.



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20 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Me too 😉

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  • morocco0015

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #2

    good to hear his respect for team mates,

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Damn it 😉 I am first. And I didnt even have anything constructive to add…lol

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4

    What time is the game to day?

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  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Great play with great attitude,hope he doesn’t have a an off day.
    Nah I expect the team to be geared up today and give it to em wolves.
    Wouldn’t like to see wolves or Bolton go down but today at least wolves can lose,Bolton to get a draw 🙂
    Cisse and BA for goals today,also I think Cabaye or Willo for some reason will get one
    Howdy the lads..
    4 th above Chelsea,I’m not so sure.
    Would rather Europa league but of course we could go into CL and if were put out go straight into Europa anyway 🙂

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  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Jesper,
    We forgive u mate.
    You’re just outa your bed 🙂

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  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #7

    Jesper it’s at 15:00 English time

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  • davybtoon

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    Newcastle have won there last 3 home games in a row we ain’t won 4 on the trot since October 2007 nearly 5year

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  • davybtoon

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #9

    IMO think Bolton cud get something at Chelsea avb seems like he’s lost the players

    4-1 am goin for today ba 2, cisse n hba from the bench

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  • FatmanJoe

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Davy. You reckon not a good result today? I’m hoping 3 goals and a clean sheet. Give us confidence for the big game next week

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  • Toonboy_84

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #11

    @8 records are made for breaking and today we will break it. Jonas will score today. Spidey always scores against wolves.

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  • FatmanJoe

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #12

    That was for comment 8. Glad ur confident. We have to be with this game. Except Merson is prdecting us to win. Never good

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  • Tommyy

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #13

    Is it me or has Ryan Taylor slowly become some sort of Pivotal player and almost key man? Loads of stuff on the website features him and Pardew has been talking about him a lot recently as well. He’s bench standard and that’s that. Why do we insist on giving key roles to average players!?

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  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #14

    5-1 win today lads going to win it for me ha, gutted ive been forced to sell me season ticket for the mackem game next week 🙁

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  • Tommyy

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #15

    Guthrie is better than Ryan Taylor, but seems to have been shunted aside. Not to mention HBA again. Really grates me. Like bloody Pardew with Marlon Harewood and Gabbidon instead of Mascherano and Tevez and West Ham. Please Pardew, let’s see our best players playing good football! They have the technical ability! Ryan Taylor doesn’t.
    Still buzzed for the game though.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #16

    Guthrie and Ryan Taylor are different players.. Taylors a RB or RM and Guthrie is solely a CM

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  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #17

    The last time Wolves won a Premier League match away to Newcastle was on 7 February 1959 – the day Mick McCarthy was born #nufc

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  • Tommyy

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #18

    Yet we have seen Ryan Taylor play CM and Guthrie RM, and Taylor might like to think he’s a RM but passing sidewards and backwards along with the odd very deep cross doesn’t cut it for me, and means our wing play is virtually non existent as Jonas does so much defending these days it seems he’s forgotten how to attack.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 25, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #19

    Tommyy, that’s AP’s stubbornness – he just wants to be proven right and on top of that not being proven wrong.

    That has been his downfall in every single job he has had 🙁 I really like the guy and would really love for him to stay – even though I don’t see eye to eye with him when it comes to tactics and choosing players.

    It will be his doom her at St. James´Park as well, if he doesn’t learn fast.

    HWTL

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 25, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #20

    FatmanJoe, Merson predicted we would loose 4-0 at Spurs – some of us even suspected that as well.

    Was really in the cards mate – but I am more confident today. Have a feeling AP has learned a lesson or two 😉

    Knock on wood!!!

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