Moussa Sissoko has said that Newcastle have changed dramatically this season under the new coaching team led by Steve McClaren, and maybe those comments are not too surprising for a player who did not push hard to leave Newcastle this summer.
Moussa has been interviews on nufcTV but no – whether Crystal Palace was a bigger club than Newcastle was not brought up.
Moussa Sissoko in training
This is some of what Moussa Sissoko told Dan King – Newcastle United Digital Editor – and he’s answering the question – does it feel like a different club from last season?:
“Yes, because we’ve changed a lot of things.” “We have a new manager, new staff, a lot of new players – so it’s different, but I’m happy with that. Everyone is happy.”
“I think that’s because we have a better team than last year, but now we have to show on it on the pitch every week and that’s why on Monday we need to win.”
“Of course I am now focused and concentrated on the West Ham game because we need to win this first game of the season so I hope we are going to do this on Monday night against West Ham.”
“We know it’s going to be a hard game but we have a good team to go there and try to win the three points.”
“For me West Ham are better than last season but we also bought a lot of players in over the summer, so we have a good team.”
“We have to go there to Upton Park with confidence and try to play our game, and then if we do that then I think we can get the three points.”
Moussa took the interview in English and his English was quite good.
During the international break Sissoko started one game in Portugal, which France won 1-0, and then came on as a late substitute against Serbia, when Aleksandar Mitrovic scored Serbia’s goal in France’s 2-1 win, in what was a good game to watch.
Sissoko had been interviewed in France Football while he was on International duty for France, and he said that he thought Newcastle had done well in the summer transfer window, getting in four good first team players for around £52M.
It’s now time for us to get our first league win of the season in our fifth game on Monday night at Upton Park.
A win would be terrific, but West Ham, as Moussa says, are better than they were last season.