PAPISS Cisse has warned Benfica that he’s got more Europa League goals in his locker.
Newcastle United take on the Portuguese side at St James’s Park tomorrow night in the second leg of the club’s quarter-final, three days before the Tyne-Wear derby.
Alan Pardew’s side must overturn Benfica’s 3-1 lead in the tie, but Cisse – who scored Newcastle’s goal at the Estadio da Luz and netted a dramatic injury-time winner against Fulham on Sunday – is bullish about Newcastle’s chances of progressing to the competition’s semi-finals.
“We’re confident the game is not over,” Cisse said. “We can score two goals and go through. Maybe I can score, and so can Moussa (Sissoko) and (Yoan) Gouffran. Or Sylvain Marveaux!”
While frustrated at Benfica’s second and third goals – both gifted to Jorge Jesus’s side – Newcastle still drew confidence from their performance at the Estadio da Luz.
“Benfica are a very, very good team,” added 27-year-old Cisse, whose goal tally for the season now stands at 12
“They’re a strong team, and they play very good football. But I think we can be the better team on Thursday.”
The Benfica game is followed by Sunday’s derby, but Cisse and his team-mates have had to put that fixture to the back of their minds, such is the importance on focusing on the immediate task in front of them.
“The Sunderland game is very important, but we must only think about the Benfica game,” said Cisse.
Meanwhile, marathon man Moussa Sissoko is ready to put in more hard yards.
Sissoko has added power and drive to Pardew’s midfield since his January move from Toulouse, with the 23-year-old a revelation in a No10 role behind lCisse.
And he will again be a key man tomorrow.
Pardew admitted he was tempted to substitute Sissoko late in Sunday’s 1-0 home win over Fulham in the belief that he was “running on empty”.
But Sissoko was left on the pitch by Pardew – and he didn’t let his manager down.
“It was amazing – I was going to sub Moussa,” Pardew said.
“It looked like he was just running on empty, and then he burst for 60 yards through the middle. It was pure adrenalin, I think.”