Ghanaian winger, Christian Atsu has paid testament to Newcastle’s mental strength after ending their nine-game win-less run against West Ham last Saturday with a 3-2 win at the London Stadium.
The win last Saturday lifted the Magpies out of the relegation zone and the Ghanaian international believes that, the win highlighted the mental strength that runs throughout the squad.
“Everyone worked really hard and gave everything,” Atsu explained.
“We wanted to win, because we knew what was at stake. We fought so hard to get this win, and I’m very happy.
“We had a very difficult run. It was nine games without a win. That was really hard and difficult for all the players, but (West Ham) showed that we’re mentally strong in every single situation and that we can also turn things around in every single situation.”
After missing four games through injury, Atsu has re-established his place in the side and has made a big impact upon his return.
“I’m very happy, always, when I do something to help the club. That’s my job,” Atsu added.
“There’s nothing to congratulate myself about, but I’m happy for the team and my colleagues. Once again we’re happy.”
The Magpies tonight face Pep Guardiola’s side who are unbeaten domestically this season, and Atsu has reiterated the need to focus on this game and forget about last Saturday’s victory.
“We have Man City. We have to shift our focus. It’s a very important game. It’s a massive game, so we’re concentrating on that.”