Moussa Sissoko was made captain yesterday at Chelsea, with both Fab Coloccini and Cheick Tiote out injured, but unfortunately Chelsea were in good form – especially Eden Hazard who scored a great hat-trick – and they easily beat us 3-0, but at least we shared the points this season with what is a quickly becoming a very good side under Jose Mourinho, and they are back at the top of the Premier League after yesterday’s win.
Moussa Sissoko – in action yesterday
We thought local lad Steven Taylor might get the nod as captain yesterday, since he’s captained the side before, but it’s probably a sign of his falling influence at Newcastle this season, that Moussa was given the arm-band.
And if Steven sees no future for himself at his local club, he may be on his way this summer, for his own sake to try to revive his career somewhere else – maybe at Norwich City with former manager Chris Hughton..
Moussa was proud to wear the armband for the team yesterday, and he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site after the game:
“I was very happy to be the captain but the most important thing is the team, and we lost, which I was not happy about that, so I am a little bit sad.”
“The manager said to me in the week that maybe I would be the captain for this game. I was very proud to be asked.” “When you are captain you talk more, you try to help every player and I tried to do that, but it was a tough game.”
“Today was very difficult game because Chelsea are playing very well at the moment. Everyone knows Hazard is maybe the best player in the league and he showed that today.”
“We worked hard but they are a very good team and this is football sometimes.” “We need to work hard in training to make sure our next game is different.”
“Chelsea are a big team who are trying to win the league this season, they played very well today, but we need to start thinking about the next game as soon as possible.”
“It is good that the Tottenham game is so quick because we can forget this game and think about winning again.” “Tottenham are a good team but at home we know we can beat anyone.”
Unfortunately Newcastle have lost our last four games at St. James’ Park, with three of them being our league games in which we haven’t even be able to score.
But given Newcastle’s plight right now, a win is exactly what we need against Tottenham.
And then for the next game against Aston Villa is at home in two weeks time, we should have Coloccini and Tiote back, and maybe even Debuchy, who was injured yesterday, and also Loic Remy will be back after his three game suspension.
Starting in that game we need to try to put a good winning streak together over the final 13 games of this season.
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