CHEIK Tiote says Newcastle United’s unity has been the club’s strength this season.
The team’s spirit and togetherness in Alan Pardew’s dressing room has taken Tiote and his team-mates to the brink of a top-four finish in the Premier League.
United beat Chelsea on Wednesday night to keep their hopes of qualifying for Champions League football alive.
However, Newcastle, level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, must now face league leaders Manchester City in a game which could have a huge bearing on the title race.
“We have been together all season as one, and we must finish that way,” said Tiote.
“We know the prize is still there for us. Beating Chelsea was one of the biggest results since I’ve been here, but now we have to find another against Man City.”
“They are a big club and they probably have too many good players. This is will be a hard game for us, but Chelsea we feel confident.”
Tiote expects to be able to face Roberto Mancini’s side, despite suffering a head wound at Stamford Bridge.