You wouldn’t have believed it if you had watched Newcastle perform in that first half on Saturday – but Moussa Sissoko has come out today and said that Newcastle are capable of beating any side – and we assume if we play at our very best on the day then that could even be true.
Moussa Sissoko – we’re capable of besting any side
Moussa has been an ever-present since he joined Newcastle in late January from Toulouse, and has been one of the big successes of those players signed in January, and in 12 appearances he has 3 goals for the side and four assists.
Newcastle arrived in Lisbon yesterday afternoon, and the lads seem to be in a confident mood, and in reality we need a couple of top performances in our next two games – in Lisbon tomorrow night against top side Benfica, and against Fulham at home on Sunday afternoon, if we are going to keep our season alive.
It turns out Moussa has already played against Benfica in his career:
“I’m very happy to still be involved in the Europa League at the quarter-final stage.” “I was fortunate enough to play in it with my former club.”
“As a player you want to be involved at European level – especially in the later stages – but we are taking each match as it comes.” “The competition gets really interesting when it’s down to its closing stages. It’s exciting for all of us.”
“Of course we want to do as well as we can but there are great teams left – and I include Benfica among them.” “There are also Chelsea and Tottenham, but we are capable of beating any of them.”
“Benfica are a great team. Year in, year out, they finish first or second in the Portuguese league and are regulars in the Champions League.” “They have quality players and it will be a very difficult match for us.”
“I played against Benfica for Toulouse in a friendly – I know what great players they have.” I am well aware of the history of the club.” “However, in football anything is possible.”
When we failed to get Loic Remy or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in during the January transfer window, that left us without a top striker, after Demba Ba left for Chelsea in early January.
And Ba has done well for Chelsea, and scored the only goal on Monday night to take Chelsea into the semi-finals of the FA Cup, with a 1-0 home win against Manchester United.
Alan Pardew has played Moussa up front in a free role, in an effort to get him scoring goals, and he started off well with two goals in his second appearance at home to Chelsea in our 3-2 win, and then he scored in the 4-2 win against Southampton at the end of February, but hasn’t scored since.
So maybe Moussa can fire home a few goals soon, and certainly if we are to do well in the two Europa League games and the two home league games in the next 11 days, we’ll need some goals from the Newcastle side.
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