Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lascelles: As Underdogs We Have Nothing to Lose - but Plenty to Gain; THE PREVIEW: Newcastle United V Manchester City Tonight, 7.45, St James' Park Newcastle United Skipper Jamaal Lascelles Is Well Aware of the Quality This Evening's Visitors Manchester City Possess - but He Believes the Pressure Is All on the Premier League Leaders, Writes Sean McCormick

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lascelles: As Underdogs We Have Nothing to Lose - but Plenty to Gain; THE PREVIEW: Newcastle United V Manchester City Tonight, 7.45, St James' Park Newcastle United Skipper Jamaal Lascelles Is Well Aware of the Quality This Evening's Visitors Manchester City Possess - but He Believes the Pressure Is All on the Premier League Leaders, Writes Sean McCormick

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NEWCASTLE United captain Jamaal Lascelles insists the Magpies have 'nothing to lose' when they take on Premier League leaders Manchester City this evening.

The Citizens ran out 4-0 winners over Bournemouth on Saturday, stretching their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 13 points.

Pep Guardiola's side are unbeaten after 19 league games and have genuine ambitions of going on to win an unprecedented quadruple.

Lascelles is under no illusions about the enormity of the task ahead but, although every other English side has tried and failed to stop City, he insists the Magpies head into the clash with no pressure on their shoulders.

He said: "Defensively, we know we're going to have our hands full. We have to be on it.

"We're playing against world-class players. The manager will give us a gameplan whether it's long ball, physical or whatever it is.

"Hopefully, we'll stick to that and get something from the game.

"Teams have tried everything against them. High pressure, low pressure, five at the back, but they always seem to come through.

"It's going to be a tough game.

We know this - but it's 11 men versus 11 men.

"At the end of the day, we have nothing to lose.

"They have pressure on them because they're trying to win the title. We have nothing to lose, really."

Lascelles missed five games through injury across November and December but has started the last three games for the Magpies.

The 24-year-old's organisation had been sorely missed and he brought about a notable defensive stability against Arsenal away from home last weekend. The Magpies were considered unfortunate not to get something from that game against the Gunners, with many feeling they were the better side.

The former Nottingham Forest youngster feels if they can rough City up in the same way they did against the Gunners they may enjoy some success. …

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