Newcastle manager Eddie Howe hopes his players can tackle the “unique challenge” the club faces by playing back-to-back matches against Premier League leaders Liverpool and Manchester City.
Newcastle had 26 percent of possession during the match they lost to Liverpool 1-3 on Thursday, and they can expect less possession against Manchester City, the defending champion, even though the team will play at home.
Because of the physical effort made by the team, Jamal Lewis suffered a knee ligament injury and Alain Saint-Louis suffered from a muscle problem, and while the coach will activate the team, he demands the same effort.
“I think the challenge we face with these two games, the fact is that we won’t have possession of the ball for long, and the physical effort of the players will be tested strongly,” Howe said.
He added: “We lost Jamal early in the match against Liverpool, and many of the players who were on the field were tired.
“It’s a unique challenge with these two games, but I hope playing at home and supporting our fans is a source of inspiration,” he said.
“Obviously we will need to rotate the players and make sure that the team that enters the field is as active as possible.”