For the new French players who played in the 3-0 defeat against Sunderland in April, will get a chance for their second derby game and their first on enemy territory.
Cheick Tiote – will captain Newcastle on Sunday
And it’s very likely – make that almost certain – that Cheick Tiote will again be the captain in the absence of Fabricio Coloccini, but Cheick is taking nothing for granted, and he says it would mran everything to him if he’s captain of Newcastle at the Stadium of Light:
“The manager could pick somebody else for this game, who knows,” “But if I was captain again, especially for the match against Sunderland, it would mean everything to me.”
“We know already, we don’t need anybody to tell us that it is a big game.” “It is a big game not only for us but for the supporters as well and everyone in Newcastle. Everyone wants to win it.”
“We are ready for it. We lost against Sunderland last season and that hurt us. It was a bad day and we want to do much better.” “This year we will do everything we can to have a good season.”
“We want to finish higher up the league than last year and we want to make up for that bad result against Sunderland.”
Newcastle cannot take anything for granted in this game and with Sunderland’s confidence not high an early Newcastle goal would be good, but Newcastle must play this game for the full 90 minutes and treat Sunderland as if they were Liverpool or any top side in England.
If Newcastle can do that we may even come away with the win, and that would be fantastic.
What do you think?