Positive Coloccini only focused on Newcastle United winning at Man City

CUP MISSION:  Fabricio Coloccini
CUP MISSION: Fabricio Coloccini

FABRICIO Coloccini “dreams” about leading Newcastle United to silverware.

But the Magpies captain admits he can’t look beyond tonight’s Capital One Cup opponents Manchester City.

Coloccini and his team-mates couldn’t have asked for a harder fourth-round tie.

Alan Pardew’s side were drawn away to the holders after beating Crystal Palace and Gillingham in the previous two rounds.

United, buoyed by back-to-back Premier League wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City, are confident they can match Manuel Pellegrini’s side at the City of Manchester Stadium.

And defender Coloccini, now in his seventh season at Newcastle, says cup success is as important to the players as it is to the fans, whose club has not won a major trophy since 1969.

“It’s very important for us, but we’re not thinking about the trophy,” Coloccini told SportMail.

“We will try to win against Man City. It’s our dream (to win a trophy), but we’re not thinking about it.

“We want to win every game. We have to have a positive mentality and try to win on Wednesday.”

Pardew, mindful of Saturday’s home league game against Liverpool, will make a number of changes for the tie, but Coloccini is keen to play in both games.

“I would like to play – I feel OK,” added Coloccini. “For me, it’s an honour to be on the pitch for this club.”

United had to come from behind to beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane, where Ayoze Perez and Sammy Ameobi scored their first league goals for the club.

Newcastle had been second-best before the break, when Coloccini felt the team lacked “aggression”.

“It’s difficult to play at White Hart Lane,” said the 32-year-old.

“We should have been more aggressive in the first half. We had a good shape, but we weren’t aggressive. I think, in the second half, we were more aggressive.

“Maybe we didn’t have the ball, but they didn’t create many chances.

“The chances we had, we took. That’s very good for us.

“I think we played a really good game and had a good system. Tottenham are not easy to play away.

“I think we did the right things, and scored from the opportunities we had, which is important.”

Coloccini was also heartened at the contributions made by Perez, making his full debut, and substitute Ameobi, who scored SIX seconds into the second half to silence the home fans.

The Argentina international said: “It’s very good that we now have many players – we have a good squad.

“Hopefully, they will have more chances.

“There is the Man City game and then Liverpool and hopefully, we can keep going in the cup.”