The 26-year-old Senegal international took his tally for Newcastle to 13 goals in just 12 appearances with a match-winning double at Stamford Bridge, the second of them a truly memorable stoppage-time volley from an outrageous angle.
Cisse said: “It was a wonderful goal. It was the best goal of my career – I was so happy to score it. “When the ball came to me, I was only thinking about scoring. It was an instinctive finish. “I was also pleased with my first goal. It was important for the team. It was a good evening for me and the team. “I came to the Premier League to show my quality, and everything is going well. I’m enjoying my football – everything is good on and off the pitch.” The former Freiburg striker said: “It’s not going to be easy, but we have confidence, which is important. We believe in each other. “We hope to play in the Champions League, and we will work hard to achieve that.”
Finishing in the top four would have been the aim for many clubs at the start of the season, but because of Chelsea’s European exploits, it may now take a top-three finish to play in the Champions League in the next campaign. If Chelsea beat Bayern Munich on May 19th, they will be England’s fourth Champions League representative next season, meaning only three spaces will be available through the Premier League.
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MATCH HIGHLIGHTS (IN HD):
Chelsea were once again unable to beat a team above them in the Premier League, losing 2-0 to Newcastle at Stamford Bridge, a defeat which leaves them four points behind Tottenham, who beat Bolton 4-1 and last night’s opponents, with just two games remaining.
The Magpies have often struggled on their trips to London in recent years but, flying high in the Premier League and aiming for a Champions League spot, were not prepared to lie down for Chelsea. And thanks to two sublime goals from January signing Papiss Cisse, they made the evening at Stamford Bridge one to remember. Cisse struck first in the 19th minute, blasting a left-footed volley past Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech. Chelsea came close to settle for a draw when John Terry’ header was kept out by Davide Santon who headed off the goal- line from Mata’ corner. But, the Senegal striker then went on to clock up perhaps the goal of the season, by curling a shot with the outside of his right foot past the helpless Cech at the death.
“The fans who paid their money to come here, it will live long in their memories, and we will look forward to the highlights video because we’ve had some great goals”, Pardew told his club’s official site. “I’ve been here many, many times as a professional and never won. I’m absolutely delighted with it – it’s my result of the season.”
Chelsea had Drogba and Torres on the pitch which always hints at desperation. Newcastle were disciplined and Cissé’s second goal meant there was no coming back for the home team. It is only the second defeat of Di Matteo’s 17-game reign but he could not deny that it was a significant one.
This means Newcastle closed the gap with a point behind Arsenal and, the Blues now are four points adrift with just two matches to play. Newcastle have not qualified for the Champions League since 2002 and few would have predicted they would do so at the start of this season, but manager Pardew would now not be content with anything less. “If we miss out, it’ll still have been a phenomenal season and I’m looking forward to the highlights video because some of the goals have been unbelievable, they really have,” said Pardew. The Magpies’ last two games are at home to title-chasing City and away to Everton on the final day. Chelsea face Liverpool and Blackburn as well as their two cup finals.
GOAL OF THE SEASON:
- Vote: Was Papiss Demba Cisse’s wonder goal at Chelsea the best of the Premier League season? (101greatgoals.com)
- Newcastle boss Pardew hails 2-goal Cisse: Just ASTONISHING! (tribalfootball.com)
- Exclusive – Shepherd warns Newcastle they face fight to keep Cisse (talksport.co.uk)
- Pardew going all out for top four (thisislondon.co.uk)
- Cisse double act gives Chelsea the blues (capitalfm.co.ke)