Of the three teams vying for that 4th position in the Premier League this season, Newcastle are the team in form, with five wins on the trot.
Yohan Cabaye – staying focused
Chelsea are coming into some decent form lately, since Swiss-born Roberto Di Matteo took over from Andre Villas-Boas, but they have at least 7 games to play in the next 27 days.
The run-in for Newcastle is not easy, with games against Stoke(h), Wigan (a), Chelsea (a), Manchester City (h) and Everton (a) but this weekend Tottenham and Chelsea face tough games at QPR and Arsenal respectively.
Yohan Cabaye qualified with Lille last season for the Champions League, when Lille were French Champions, before opting to leave to join Newcastle in the summer.
The deal was made long before the end of the season, and it’s good that the French International is today keeping his feet firmly on the ground:
“We have to stay focused only on us, on our games and our results. We just need to keep playing. Just leave Chelsea and Tottenham – they aren’t our problem.”
“We all have goals and objectives. Yes we have targets. We are in a good position but we have to stay focused on us.” “We’re winning games and that’s all we can do.”
“We can score with Papiss, with Demba, with Hatem or Shola as well.” “It’s really important to have so many options. With Cisse and Hatem in the team we’re in really good form.”
“Our next game against Stoke is going to be difficult but we are at home.” “If we win against Stoke we will see what is happening in the table.” “We want to keep looking forward.”
“We don’t want to stop the progression we are making.”
Stoke City are always a tough side to play, and it will hardly be easy on Saturday, but if we can play somewhere near our best form, we have a chance of winning that game.
Then we’ll have to see how Chelsea and Tottenham fare, but whatever happens on Saturday, Newcastle’s aim will be to win the next game at Wigan Athletic – and then the game after that, which is Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Howay The Lads!!