We don’t know how much playing time Papiss Cisse will get this afternoon at Stamford Bridge, after he started the game in Athens, Greece on Thursday night, and we have to think that if Shola Ameobi is fit again, he could get the start this afternoon, with Papiss coming in some time during the second half, maybe to score the winner for Newcastle .
Papiss Cisse – may not start today?
Last season Newcastle went to Stamford Bridge and won 2-0, and that result was crucial in Newcastle finishing one point above the European Champions in 5th place in the Premier League, the best we have done since Bobby Robson was sacked for only having us there in 2004, but missing out on a European Champions place – how things have changed since then.
A certain Papiss Cisse scored two goals, the second of which was just amazing, as he beat Petr Cech from way out on the left wing with the perfect shot late in the game.
This is what Papiss Cisse had to say on nufcTV yesterday:
“I don’t think it’ll be an easy game – it’ll be a very, very difficult game.”"They’re going to be ready and we too are going to prepare ourselves for that as well.” “We’re going to prepare ourselves for that, knowing that it won’t be an easy match – but the matches in England are never easy anyway.”
“They are all hard games.” “To go and play at Chelsea who have won the Champions League, I’m excited to play in front of those guys and to show them that I too can do some things in this job.” “It’s a pleasure – it’s going to be a pleasure to go down there. I hope we do something good like last year.”
“I watch them all the time because I’m happy, I’m proud to have scored the 13 goals,”"My objective was to settle in quickly, to score goals and to find shots – so I kind of succeeded.” “I try to watch the goals all the time and to concentrate myself on those actions, and try to find shots – even if they’re bad in training – whilst thinking about one or two goals I’d like to score.”
“I try to refind the feeling of those movements.”
Papiss Cisse scored 13 goals in 14 appearances last season, and he still has to open his account this season after two games having been played, but it could be that Stamford Bridge will become a happy hunting ground for the top Senegal striker.
If the defense can put in one of their strong performances this afternoon and stay tight, Newcastle could get some kind of result today in London, and we’d be happy enough with a draw.
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