Newcastle start their season off at the Etihad Stadium tonight against former Premier League Champions Manchester City, and to be honest we have no idea what to expect, and are just a little nervous.
Moussa Sissoko – Newcastle can have a good season
Alan Pardew has told us over the weekend that Newcastle are well prepared for this game, and most of the other fixtures that took place over Saturday and yesterday were closely contested – which tells you the league is still competitive.
Most fans don’t expect Newcastle to get much out of this game, against opponents who have paid out around £90M this summer for new players.
City have brought in players like Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk, £30M), Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina, £22M), Jésus Navas (Seville, £17M rising to £23M) and Alvaro Negredo (Seville, £16.4M rising to £20.6M) this summer.
And to think that a short time ago Manchester City lost £97M in one financial year, and were supposed to be balancing their books – that’s according to the Financial Fair Play rules.
But with clubs still spending huge amounts of money – those rules are becoming a joke in football, and Newcastle are being left behind. by other clubs willing to shell out big money – we aren’t willing to do that, and Mike Ashley want good frugal deals made.
Moussa Sissoko was a good signing for the Magpies from Toulouse in January, and the French International seems quite confident about Newcastle’s chances tonight.
This is what Sissoko told the Shields Gazette.
“We know that the game is very hard, because they have signed so many big players,” “Man City have Fernandinho, Navas and Negredo – they are all top players in the world.”
“That’s not easy for Newcastle, but we go to City still thinking we can win.”“We have plenty of belief here. When you play for Newcastle, you have to believe, and we have big players too like Cabaye, Gouffran and Ben Arfa.”
“I believe in my team-mates. Hopefully, I can play well too.” “We’re looking forward to the game,”“When you play a game against Manchester City, the emotion you feel is excitement.”
“It’s a big game, and they have big players. All we should be thinking of is to play well. It’s possible that we can win.” “Now it’s better because I have been able to play together with the team,”
“The players work hard together. It is better for all the players. “When we came in January we had to go into the team very quick.” “There was no time to work together or get to know each other, now it’s OK.”
“I think that it’s possible for Newcastle to have a good season.”
Moussa is likely to start ion central midfield where he has been playing in pre-season, and we should get some idea tonight of how good Newcastle can be this season – but at a minimum we must see the lads being competitive tonight.
We have to do better than the 4-0 trouncing we took last season in this same fixture.
And we’ll all find out soon enough, but what we really need is a win tonight – and that will shock people. including most Newcastle fans. 😀
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