Moussa Sissoko has returned from France and trained once again with his Newcastle teammates ahead of West Ham on Monday night.
The French international gave a big interview to France Football when he was on international duty but his latest one with the club’s official TV channel is a little more low key.
Instead , Moussa Sissoko says that he feels 100% after recovering from a hamstring problem and is looking forward to bringing three points back from Upton Park.
The Newcastle midfielder believes that West Ham’s summer signings have improved the strength of their first eleven, but he thinks Newcastle have done exactly the same so have nothing to fear with their improved side.
Sissoko says that if he is to make the Euros next summer, he needs to ‘be good with Newcastle’.
Moussa Sissoko talking to NUFC TV:
“I feel good, before the Arsenal game I had a little pain in my hamstring but today I am 100%, it’s perfect.
“We (France) had lost two games against Belgium and Albania, so it was good to get two wins (Portugal and Serbia). I know it will be hard to be in the squad because in France we have a lot of players, so the manager has to make the choice. I need to be good with Newcastle every game and try to play well, I hope I will be in the squad (for the Euros next summer).”
Travelling with confidence:
“Now though I am focused on the West Ham game because we need to win the first game of the season. So I hope we do it on Monday night – we know it is going to be hard but we know we have a good team to try and bring back the three points.
“They (West Ham) are better than last season but we also buy a lot of players so we have a good team, we have to go there with confidence and try to play a hard game, if we do that I think we will get three points.
“We have changed a lot of things; a new manager, a lot of new players, so it is different – but I am happy with that, everybody’s happy, because we are a better team than last year. No we have to see it on the pitch every week.”
The games so far:
“First game against Southampton we played very well but we draw at the end.
“Second game was hard against Swansea but we got the red card (Janmaat).
“After that we play well against Man United and then we played Arsenal as well. We played 80 minutes with 10 v 11 but we still showed some very good things.