Newcastle midfielder Tiote: We must be at our best to beat Club Brugge

The Ivorian international played in Belgium for three years for the opposition's bitter rivals Anderlecht, and feels their different approach could cause the Magpies problems

Newcastle midfielder Cheikh Tiote feels he and his team-mates will have to be at their best to beat Club Brugge as he knows first-hand how good Thursday’s visitors to St James’ Park are.

The Ivorian midfielder played in Belgium for Brugge's rivals Anderlecht for three years before moving to FC Twente in 2008.

Tiote, who is expected to start for Alan Pardew's side following his sending off last week in the Wear-Tyne derby, feels the Magpies must repeat the quality of performance they showed during their win over Bordeaux in their last Europa League fixture.

"I came straight from Africa to Belgium," Tiote told the club's official website. "They had some scouts from Belgium who went to watch my team there. They saw me and they signed me for one year, and they had an option on my contract so I spent three years in Belgium.

"But I didn't play too much so I decided to go on loan to Holland. I played there for one year and after that I signed for FC Twente. 

"I didn't play a lot but I know the club, I know Club Brugge because they're a big club in Belgium.

"So I think we have to be play very seriously and treat the game like Bordeaux, and try to score the first goal. It's a tough game because they're a good team with some good players, so it's going to be hard for us.

"But if we start well and start properly, I think we have a chance to win the game."

The 26-year-old has admitted Brugge's style of play isn't quite what Newcastle are used to in the Premier League, and believes the Magpies may have to alter their approach to get a positive result out of the game.

"It's different," he added. "They play a lot with the ball, not so much physical football, so it's different. We have to put pressure on them when they start passing, and then we can make problems for them.

"If we win, it would put us in a great position so we have to give everything to win the game."