Cheick Tiote had another powerful and energetic game in Newcastle’s midfield on Saturday at Selhurst Park, but unfortunately the Ivorian picked up his 5th yellow card of the season and he will miss the home game on Boxing Day against Stoke.
Cheick Tiote – battled in the rain on Saturday
And the weather wasn’t exactly great in London yesterday, or in England as a whole for that matter, but it was perfect weather for Newcastle’s battler Cheick Tiote, who has been back to his best form in a black and white short this season.
This is what Tiote said in the Mirror today:
“The weather was bad but our minds were focused,” “We know it’s going to be a tough game. For a game like this you need to be ready in your head because of the weather.”
“I enjoy these conditions. For me it’s perfect conditions because in my role I have to fight, take the ball and pass to my partners. It doesn’t matter if it’s raining. I just want to enjoy my football.”
“Last year we struggled,” “This year is much much better. When you look at the table I think we’ve got a chance to finish in the top five. But we have to do the same things, try to win every game.”
“If we do that we have the chance to be in the top five.”
Vurnon Anita will probably get a chance to come in for Cheick in defensive midfield on Thursday, and the Dutchman will need to have a good game, maybe a very good game, if we are to get all 3 points and keep our Christmas run of games perfect.
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