There’s not too many Newcastle fan that think we can get much out of the game this afternoon at Stamford Bridge, and especially since Jose Mourinho will be out to beat Newcastle, after we surprisingly beat them 2-1 at St. James’ Park earlier this season.
Jose Mourinho – we’re up against this man today
In that game it was all Chelsea in the first half, but Newcastle held out well and then attacked Chelsea in the second period – and it was one of our best displays and best results of the season – a terrific performance from the lads.
But today with Cheick Tiote, Loic Remy, Fab Coloccini, Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse out, and Yohan Cabaye gone, this could be one of the weakest sides we’ve put out in the league this season.
Alan Pardew seems to be a big fan of the Chelsea manager:
“Most weeks is a tactical masterclass from Mourinho, of course he walks on water.” “It’s a professional relationship we have. I don’t go out for dinner with him. I don’t buy him wine or drinks. I admire him because what he’s done in the game.
“But the most important thing is when I stand next to him on Saturday I’m not having any friendship with him. “He knows that. I want to beat him. At the moment this year season it’s 1-0 to me!”
“He’s brilliant for the Premier League. I do love him. I do love him for what he brings. We all love him – or mostly.”
“You don’t get the record he’s got of winning trophies unless you have a very, very sharp intellect. I think it was interesting what he said this week. He’s had a few managers pass under him, working under him as I have had. But they can never take your DNA as a manager.
“You can do the same sessions, the same this and that but at the end of the day it’s what happens in the dressing room during those really crucial moments that matter. He gets those right more often than he gets them wrong.”
“We’ve done a lot of work on the training ground all based around Chelsea and we did even more on Friday on Chelsea – although obviously it was a lighter day, we’ll talk. It’s all geared along those lines to make sure we put in a performance out there that represents the shirt.”
With Newcastle fans in the doldrums with the ineptitude, incompetence and complete lack of ambition shown by the club in the January transfer window, if Newcastle are going to be get a surprise result, today would be a good day to do it.
And how many managers beat Mourinho twice in a season – not too many.
But we just cannot see our side being able to live with Chelsea today – so the expectations are not high.
But we’ve also been wrong before.
What do you think?
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