Under new manager Guus Hiddink Chelsea are unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions and have won four of the last eight games so it’s a decent chance for Newcastle to inflict their first loss for while.
We did that last season when we broke their 23 game unbeaten run that lasted 102 days – when we beat them 2-1 at St. Jame’s Park.
Of course with the team we have today who have just 7 points and six goals in 12 away games that’s a tall order.
Steve McClaren – press conference today
Not surprisingly Steve McClaren has said we are going to Stamford Bridge to win the game – but what else could he say given our precarious position in the league table?
Here’s what Steve has said today:
“We are going there to win, and that’s what we have always done all season.”
“Maybe that’s to our detriment that we have gone for the win. We can’t sit back, we can’t soak up pressure and hit teams on the break, we have to be quite front foot.”
“That’s how we play. It’s not got us results and we are hoping to turn that around, starting tomorrow.”
“Hiddink has come in and done a great job, settled the squad down, got them back to being hard to beat and grinding out results, 11 games unbeaten – I know they have drawn quite a few, but being hard to beat.”
“They have got so many talented players, a front four that at any time can win games, so they are very dangerous opponents and it’s a tough game for us.”
“But really the focus is on us, not on Chelsea. The focus tomorrow for our players is not the opponents, it’s ourselves and we have to get over a barrier to start picking up points away from home.”
It’s good that Steve says we will go to try to win the game at Chelsea tomorrow – but saying we will play in the same way we have done all season away from home when that has got us just two wins and eight defeats in 12 away games is kind of disheartening.
Shouldn’t we be changing the tactics when they have proven not to work in the past?
It looks like Jack Colback is available again and maybe Steve has a decision to make on whether the more experienced Colback replaces young Rolando Aarons who performed so well in that position against West Brom.