Chieck Tiote arrived back on Tyneside on Thursday after playing for the Ivory Coast in their 0-0 draw with Equatorial Guinea in Abidjan.
Cheick Tiote – in action against Wolves
And Cheick is starting to understand what it means to play for Newcastle, and he says today that Newcastle United players are prepared to “die on the pitch” in order to win the game tomorrow afternoon against local rivals Sunderland.
Well said Cheick! 😀
Tiote and Cabaye must win the midfield battle, and Sunderland will have Lee Cattermole doing his stuff in the middle, and we hope they can tame this guy like we did when we blasted them 5-1 in last season’s fixture.
Tiote had this to say to the local press today:
“We have to win every tackle.” “If we have to die on the pitch to win, we have to die on the pitch, that is what we have to do to win the game.”
“If you get a yellow card you get one. It cannot stop me from playing the game in my style.” “I have to work well for the team.”
“The most important part of any team is in the middle of the pitch.” “If we do everything in that area we can win the game.” “I am back and ready.”
“Everybody knows this game is so important for the fans, the manager – everyone.” “We have to stay focused. We have to think about tomorrow and nothing else.”
“We must do everything to win this game.” “It was important to beat them back in August and it set us up. Last week against Wolves we were 2-0 up and drew – against Sunderland we cannot do the same thing. We have to stay focused.”
“The fans have reminded me what this game means, but the history? Well I know about it, it’s something I have learned since being here.” “When I arrived I did not know any of it, but now I will never ever forget it.”
“I can say that is the same for every player.” “Newcastle against Sunderland is the biggest game for this club, it does not get any bigger.” “We have big derby games for the Ivory Coast. They are big, but not the same.”
“In Africa the games are played in a different culture, but the fans here make the derby incredible, you do not see it anywhere else.” “It will be great if we win 5-1, again but as long as we win that is important.”
Good words there from our midfield enforcer.
Tiote – Mr. T to the fans – sat out training yesterday, so he could recover from the long round trip he had made back to his home country this week.
But Cheick played very well last season in this same fixture, and Newcastle will win the game tomorrow if Cabaye and Tiote can be at, or somehow near their best against Sunderland.
If the defense can be tight and not let in any silly goals, and Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse can be sharp in front of goal, we will have every chance of doing the double over Sunderland tomorrow afternoon, and then the celebrations can begin.
Howay The Lads!!