Aleksandar Mitrovic made a huge impression on Newcastle fans last Saturday with this performance against Chelsea and he seemed to transform the Newcastle side which is something for a new signing who has only just turned 21.
His hold up play and threat up front had Chelsea defenders paying him all kinds of attention and that opened up space for his strike partner Ayoze Perez, who had another good game and scored his first goal of the season.
Aleksandar Mitrovic in action against Chelsea
Maybe this new strike partnership of Mitrovic – Perez can get Newcastle some goals this season – we certainly hope so.
We have a tough game on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium and Manchester City are a team we haven’t done well against in the league over the last ten years or so.
The last league game when we avoided defeat was way back in October of 2008.
This is what Aleksandar has told the Chronicle today and the Serbian thinks we can win on Saturday:
“We don’t fear anybody.” “They are a team we can beat for sure, like any team in the Premier League.”
“We showed against Chelsea what we can do, especially in the first 45 minutes. “We can play well against the big teams.”
“Of course, we must continue to work hard and in the second half we dropped a little bit, we didn’t play how we needed to. But OK, the players were a little tired and we can improve that this week.”
“We showed we can play well against big teams.” “This is how we should playing every week – not just big games. I think we are capable of playing like we did against Chelsea.”
“If we do results will come to us for sure.”
We noticed that Daryl Janmaat used almost the exact same phrase that Aleksandar has used – we don’t fear anybody.
It’s likely that Steve McClaren and the coaches are drumming that into the players this week after we certainly didn’t seem to fear Chelsea on Saturday and played really well against them.
But we were still unable to hold on to the lead and get our first league win this season.
It’s unlikely we can get our first win on Saturday, but if we do then spirits on Tyneside will be raised significantly.
But then we must beat both Norwich and Sunderland in our next two games.