Gutierrez ready for massive week
Jonas Gutierrez has challenged his Newcastle United team-mates to maintain their form for the most important week of their season.
Last Updated: 02/05/12 12:06pm
Jonas Gutierrez has challenged his Newcastle United team-mates to maintain their form in what he believes is the most important week of their season.
The Argentina international, along with his Magpies colleagues, have been the surprise package of the season and are pushing for Champions League football.
Alan Pardew's side are currently fifth, level on points with fourth place Tottenham, but now face a defining few days with games against Chelsea on Wednesday and Manchester City on Sunday.
"We're still in a good position and this is a great opportunity," Gutierrez told the Evening Chronicle.
"We have to stay focused as it's another big week. This is the most important week at Newcastle for many years.
"We're relaxed and we are just going about it the way we have all season."
Pardew, however, is boosted by the return of key players for the final furlong of the season as Frenchmen Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux are both poised to declare their readiness for battle after injury.
And for Gutierrez, they could not have timed their returns any better, adding: "We've never looked too far ahead. The good thing for us is that we have a lot of players coming back from injury. The more players we have to pick from the better.
"With three games in eight days we need as many as possible."