Moussa Sissoko was one of the players who came alive in the second half against Chelsea on Saturday, when Newcastle surprised everybody and came on very strong to beat Chelsea 2-0 with two good goals in the second half, and get the team a great win at St. James’ Park.
Moussa Sissoko – great second half last Saturday
Moussa Sissoko was playing wide on the left in that game, and made some of those terrific surging runs of his, and it’s probably the best Newcastle have played all season, and we looked a very good side.
As it turns out, after the hard slog the previous Wednesday night against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup that went to extra time, the strategy was to contain Chelsea in the first half, and then to go for it in the second half.
And with a little bit of fortune that’s what our lads did, and it was simply a terrific performance in front of a home crowd of just less than 52,000.
This is what Moussa told the local press today:
“The manager decides if I play central midfield or left side.” “For me, the important thing is that you play and help the team.”
“I think the second half was the best I’ve played this season.” “The most important thing is that the team played well together, and won the game.”
“I’m very happy. Chelsea are a big team, and they play Champions League every time.” “I know they are a good team, but we played well, and we played hard.”
“In the second half, we were very strong and together.” “The manager said to play hard in the second half. We pressed all the time.” “I think all the players played very well.”
“When we play together, it’s easier.” “If we work hard every week, I think when the season finishes Newcastle could be in the top seven or eight.”
Sissoko has been included in the France squad for their important two game World Cup qualifying playoff tie against Ukraine, and it’s not exactly clear what his best position is on the field, as he used to play central midfield when he was at Toulouse.
Our next game is at Tottenham on Sunday, and we hope to see some consistency from the team, and if we can get that then Newcastle should have a decent chance in the game.
A draw would be a good result for us, and a win would be fantastic.
What do you think?