MISSION impossible at the Etihad Stadium? Not according to Moussa Sissoko.
Newcastle United were written off when the fixture computer paired the two clubs together back in June.
And the odds have lengthened, if anything, given Manchester City’s £90million spending spree this summer.
Alan Pardew doesn’t have Manuel Pellegrini’s riches and the talk on Tyneside over the past couple of months has been dominated by United’s lack of spending.
Newcastle’s net spend - a little over £1million after the sale of midfielder James Perch - is minuscule by comparison.
His squad won’t have a new face in it, with the club’s only signing, loanee Loic Remy, sidelined through injury.
Pellegrini could hand debuts to the likes of Fernandinho, Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo.
While wary of the threat posed by City, Sissoko insists one quality Pardew does have in his dressing room is “belief” - and he’s warned Pellegrini’s side to write off United at their peril ahead of club’s 10th visit to the Etihad Stadium
“We know that the game is very hard, because they have signed so many big players,” Sissoko told SportMail.
“Man City have Fernandinho, Navas and Negredo – they are all top players in the world.
“That’s not easy for Newcastle, but we go to City still thinking we can win.
“We have plenty of belief here. When you play for Newcastle, you have to believe and we have big players too like (Yohan) Cabaye, (Yoan) Gouffran and Hatem Ben Arfa.
“I believe in my team-mates. Hopefully, I can play well too.”
While there is negativity among fans given Newcastle’s lack of summer investment, Sissoko insists there is positivity in the club’s dressing room.
“We’re looking forward to the game,” said the 24-year-old France international. “When you play a game against Manchester City, the emotion you feel is excitement.
“It’s a big game and they have big players.
“All we should be thinking of is to play well. It’s possible that we can win.”