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The Magpies defender is excited to face Samuel Eto'o for a second time in his career and thinks his team can power past the Russians to the last eight of the Europa League

Steven Taylor believes Newcastle have enough class to power past mega-rich Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in the last-16 of the Europa League.

The Dagestan-based side have a number of top players on their books, including Samuel Eto'o and Willian, but Taylor believes the superior energy and strength in Alan Pardew's team could put the Magpies through the the quarter-finals.

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"They have spent a lot of money, but we have class in our team," he told reporters.

"The players we have here are quality. They will need to be just as worried about us. I think we have younger players with more energy who will be fresher on the pitch - that is what we have to use in Moscow.

"When you look at European defenders they do not like that physical contest. The last game we played in Europe, Shola [Ameobi] absolutely bullied them. We want to get goals out there."

Taylor is relishing the prospect of facing Eto'o for a second time, having swapped shirts with the Cameroon star after playing against his former side Real Mallorca in the Uefa Cup in 2004, although he suggests the striker has probably forgotten who he is.

"[Eto'o] probably still has my shirt as his duster! He might bring it to the game with all the cobwebs on it!" he continued.

"I am sure if I ask him he would say 'Steven who?' He will not have a clue who I am. But I still have his shirt and it is framed in my house.

"I never thought I would get to play against him ever again. The chance to play against a top quality player like him is going to be good."
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