Atsu upbeat about Newcastle's chances after tour

Author: Peter Sarbah
Christian Atsu
Christian Atsu

Newcastle United winger, Christian Atsu, is looking forward to a rejuvenated side following their one week preparation in Spain.

The Ghanaian was part of Rafa Benitez men who took advantage of their elimination from the FA Cup to explore a change in environment as well as speed up preparation for the rest of the Premier League season.

Speaking to Newcastle Chronicle on their return from the La Finca Golf & Spa resort, the 27-year-old believed the extra effort they put in at training in Spain would help them complete the season well.

"It's been a really hard week, It was definitely ideal preparation for next week. All the focus has to be on the matches we have coming up”, he said.

While in Spain the Magpies took the opportunity to engage in a friendly game against CSKA Moscow which ended 1-1 and the Ghanaian winger believes it was a good preparation to help them face their next game against Huddersfield. 

"I believe with this game we've played against CSKA Moscow, and the hard work we have put in this week on the training ground, I think we have prepared well.

"It was definitely ideal preparation for next week. All the focus has to be on the matches we have coming up” Atsu said. 

Atsu described the training as intense and rigorous considering what the manger put them through while at Spain and believe the week spent at the resort was worthwhile.

"We travelled straight after the Wolves game and we arrived in Spain very late, we trained the same day. Then Wednesday we trained twice, the same on Thursday, we had another session on Friday and then a game on Saturday, so it was a really hard week.