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Gutierrez: 'We'll Have Belief At The Bridge'

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Chelsea may be the European champions and league leaders, but Jonas Gutierrez insists Newcastle won't lack belief on Saturday

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Jonas Gutierrez envisages a tough game at Stamford Bridge against reigning European champions Chelsea - but insists the Magpies will back themselves to put on another show in the West End.

The Magpies' recent form at the Blues' SW6 stadium has been impressive, with last term's Papiss Cisse-inspired 2-0 win preceeded by a 2-2 draw at the end of 2010/11 and a dramatic 4-3 Carling Cup success earlier that season. Even in the largely miserable relegation campaign of 2008/09, United drew 0-0 there. 

And Gutierrez - who scored in this fixture in May 2011 - believes Newcastle are capable of gaining another good result despite having played in Greece against Atromitos less than 48 hours earlier.

Alan Pardew made a handful of changes in that game, which ended in a 1-1 draw, to ensure that his players remained as fresh as possible for their Barclays Premier League clash against Roberto Di Matteo's men.

And Gutierrez told nufc.co.uk: "Now we have to leave that game and focus on the next one.

"We have a really hard game against Chelsea on the way, but we have a good team.

"We have to focus on what we did right last year, what we did right in pre-seaon and against Tottenham, and in this game to do it again and try not to make the same mistakes."

Chelsea, who beat Bayern Munich to be crowned champions of Europe in May, are currently top of the table with two wins from their opening two matches.

A 2-0 win at Wigan was followed by a 4-2 home success against Reading on Wednesday evening and Gutierrez admitted: "They are a good team.

"They have a lot of confidence and they are the Champions League holders so it's going to be hard.

"But we believe in ourselves and we'll try to bring something from there."