Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini has been reflecting on his side’s victory over Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Blues headed into the clash at St. James’ Park as the favourites and unbeaten in the league, but they went down 2-1.
Papiss Cisse broke the deadlock in the 57th minute and added a second on 78 minutes; and although Didier Drogba halved the deficit seven minutes from time, it did not prove to be enough for the Blues.
One of the stars of the show for Newcastle was captain Coloccini, who has been on the books of the Magpies since 2008.
The 32-year-old was superb in defence and kept out the Chelsea attackers at bay, and he has now explained just how Newcastle could get the better of the league leaders.
"It was a great result," the Argentine told Newcastle’s official website. ”It was difficult for us to really play at our best because Chelsea are such a good team and had a lot of the ball.
"But we defended really well, we had good shape, good spirit and every player helped each other. That made the difference.
"A team like Chelsea make it difficult because they have so much possession, and then when we have the ball we look tired because we have been pressing them so hard.
"But we had the opportunities to score and took them, and that is fantastic for us and for the fans.”
Coloccini also underlined the roles played by striker Cisse and goalkeeper Jak Alnwick, who was making his debut for Newcastle and came on at half time.
“Papiss is so important for us," he said. "Number nines live for scoring goals, whether they start the game or not, and we love Papiss because that is what he can do for us…
“Jak also did very well and I have to say congratulations to him on his first game. I'm very happy because he is our third goalkeeper but got his opportunity and did very well.”
The win against Chelsea has lifted Newcastle up to seventh in the Premier League table with 23 points from 15 matches, just two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.