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Matt Ritchie ‘We want to compete with everybody in the Premier League’

4 years ago

Matt Ritchie is looking forward to the celebrations on Saturday to mark 125 years of Newcastle BUT only if the team get the three points.

It is now seven weeks since Newcastle last won a game (late Merino winner v Crystal Palace) and it is only one win in the last 12 weeks, so we must due one.

Atsu and Dummett should be available and after making a fair few surprise selections in the West Brom and Chelsea matches, it will be very interesting to see who Rafa Benitez picks for what looks the first of two crucial match for the Magpies.

Everton follow on the Wednesday and both Leicester and the Toffees have won their past two matches.

Leicester notching impressive victories against top seven sides Tottenham and Watford, lifting them to ninth in the Premier League.

After a slow start and the sacking of Craig Shakespeare, Matt Ritchie believes that Leicester ‘seemed to have found their way’ under new boss Claude Puel.

Ritchie claims that the Premier League is all about ‘how you react to defeats’.

Well the team have recently had a little bit too much experience of losing in the Premier League and these two home games both Rafa and the fans need to see a positive reaction.

Matt Ritchie talking to NUFC TV:

‘The 125th anniversary of the club on Saturday, are you looking to be a little part of history?’

“Yes, hopefully it will be positive.

“Obviously everybody knows the results haven’t been great of late and hopefully get back on track.

“Most important is the present moment and that means three points on Saturday.

“We always need the fans behind us – the support and belief of the fans.

“We have a tough game. as every one is in the Premier League, but we will be looking throughout the week to have a successful weekend. 

“To go two behind at West Brom and get a point is a good point.”

‘Reigning champions Chelsea, can’t get too downhearted?’

“No, they are a very good side, great individual players.

“Obviously, we are in the Premier League and want to compete with everyone and in this league it is about how you react to defeats.

“Make sure you stay positive and continue to work.

“Leicester have picked up of late and seemed to have found their way under a new manager. A tough game but one we are really looking forward to.”


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