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Alan Shearer explains what Newcastle United need to do to ruin Manchester City title chances

6 days ago
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Alan Shearer has been talking ahead of today’s game.

Newcastle United taking on Manchester City at St James Park.

The scene of an excellent performance and comeback only 10 months ago, Rafa’s NUFC going a goal down but beating Man City 2-1.

Can they do it again?

Alan Shearer believes so BUT says Newcastle were shocking at Aston Villa on Monday and need massive improvement on that if they are to stand any chance.

The NUFC legend says that the team have shown in games such as against West Ham and Tottenham that they can show vast improvement on that Villa game.

He also gives four other reasons that increase Newcastle’s chances.

Shearer points to the absences of Laporte and Aguero.

Whilst he also adds Man City having had a Champions League game this week whilst Newcastle were preparing for today’s game, compounded by the fact Man City also had less preparation time due to this game being the choice for an early Saturday TV kick-off.

Alan Shearer speaking to Coral:

“Manchester City come to town on the back of a very very good performance and result against Chelsea after going one down early in the game.

“Showed great character and ability, playing some wonderful stuff.

“But Newcastle against them last season went 1-0 down early in the game but came back and won that game (2-1 in January).

“On the plus side for Newcastle: Aguero out injured, Laporte out injured, Champions League football for Manchester City (this midweek), early kick-off, so that’s the positive for Newcastle.

“Manchester City showed great character (v Chelsea) and belief in the way they came back, they know it will be a very tough game coming to Newcastle.

“Newcastle were very very poor I thought against Aston Villa on Monday, didn’t look like scoring anything, didn’t create anything.

“So they will have to improve vastly, if they are going to beat this Manchester City team.”

‘Do they (Newcastle) have that improvement in them?’

“Yes Newcastle do have that improvement in them.

“When you look at their performance at West Ham, their performance against Tottenham, they had a good result at home to Bournemouth after going behind.

“So they have it in them but it will be a very tough game against a very experienced and very good Manchester City side.”

‘Is it a bit of a free roll of the dice for Steve Bruce, as Newcastle are not expected to get anything?’

“There is no such thing as a free roll of the dice against any team.

“It will be a tough game but it will be a game that, if they play at their best, can get something out of it.”

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