PAPISS Demba Cisse says Premier League leaders Chelsea ARE beatable – and challenged his Newcastle United team-mates to prove it.
Jose Mourinho’s side are yet to lose in the league this season.
Chelsea comfortably beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in midweek to maintain their six-point advantage over Manchester City ahead of tomorrow’s visit to St James’s Park.
And the odds on them going unbeaten all season, and emulating Arsenal’s “Invincibles”, are as short as 15/2 with some bookmakers.
But the striker – who netted for Newcastle in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw against Burnley at Turf Moor – feels he and his team-mates are ready for the challenge.
Cisse also knows Mourinho – whose side lost last season’s fixture on Tyneside 2-0 – has never won at St James’s Park as a manager.
He told the Gazette: “Maybe Newcastle will beat them on Saturday!
“All the players know this team is the big one this year. If you play this team, you need to be clear in your head about your job.
“You need to play well, and maybe you win the game.
“It’s a big game. We need to be ready, because Chelsea will give us a very hard game.
“I know the players will be ready for this game.”
Cisse famously scored a sensational double in 2012 when Newcastle beat Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, including an extraordinary dipping effort from near the touchline.
The striker has never quite replicated that form since, with a loss of confidence in front of goal and injuries hampering his progress.
Cisse – who has been hampered by a minor knee problem since returning from a broken kneecap in September – returned to the starting XI at Turf Moor.
The 29-year-old admitted he has found this season “hard”.
But he has never stopped believing in himself.
And the frontman – who will go to the African Cup of Nations with Senegal next month – is looking to show he is worth his weight in goals to United before he heads to Equatorial Guinea for the tournament.
“All the time I like to score goals – a lot of goals – but it’s a little bit hard for me at the moment,” said Cisse.
“I try my best to do well and work hard.
“I just need to be myself. I believe in myself. I need to score a lot of goals.”
Meanwhile, Senegal have been drawn against Algeria in the African Cup of Nations – which could see Cisse and midfielder Mehdi Abeid go head to head.
Abeid was called into the last Algeria squad, but suffered an injury before he could make his debut.
South Africa and Ghana are in Group C along with Senegal and Algeria.
Cheik Tiote’s Ivory Coast have been pitted against Guinea, Cameroon, Mali in Group D.