Chelsea’s Loic Remy highlights Newcastle's ‘secret' strength

Loic Remy

Loic Remy spent last season playing for Newcastle, before signing for Chelsea.

The Blues snapped up the Frenchman over the summer transfer window from QPR, and he has a become a valuable back-up striker.

12 games in all competitions have brought a return of four goals, and although his Premier League exposure has been limited due to the presence of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba, the 28-year-old has been a frequent fixture in European and domestic cup competitions.

He arrived at Stamford Bridge after excelling in a season-long loan spell with Newcastle, which, although hit by injury, still brought 14 goals in 24 Premier League games, and he will be hoping to line up against his former employers on Saturday.

The Blues host the Magpies in West London, facing the team who broke their undefeated run back in December. Managerless and in a poor run of form, one would expect Chelsea should easily clinch victory, but Remy is not so sure that it will be an easy tie. He has admitted that Jose Mourinho can ask him anything about Newcastle should he wish to learn more about how to defeat the Tyneside club, and he believes that Newcastle have one ‘secret’ area in which they are very strong.

Quoted by getwestlondon, Remy said: “In case he [Mourinho] needs it [information], he knows that he can come to me no problem.

“The secret of Newcastle? It is a strong team. They play well, especially on the counter attack.

“They killed us in the game in Newcastle because their counter attack was amazing – so we have to be careful about that.”

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