Rozehnal Determined to Beat Arsenal at the Emirates


David Rozehnal has been speaking to Lee Ryder of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle and talked about 3 upcoming games.

The first one is tonight against Ireland, when he will be up against team-mate Shay Given in the Czech Republic vs Ireland European qualifier.  The second is Newcastle’s vital 3rd round Carling Cup tie at the Emirates stadium on Tuesday, 25th September, when he will be up against Czech team-mate Tomas Rosicky and David really wants to win that game.

Then David talks about the next game he plays after tonights international – which is Newcastle’s league game at Pride Park on Monday evening against Derby County.  Let’s take a look at what David has been saying.

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David Rozehnal – plays well with experienced Brazilian Claudio Cacapa in Newcastle defense

Looking ahead to the game with Ireland tonight David said:

“We have to win tonight.” “It would have been difficult to go away for duty on the back of a defeat.” “But we won and we set off knowing we had to win both games for the Czech Republic.”

The Czechs had a rather easy win against San Marino on Saturday with Rozehnal looking very cool and calm at the heart of the Czech Republic defense. It will be an interesting game tonight in which Ireland need a win to keep their qualification hopes alive.

After the clash in Prague, Rozehnal will head back home to Newcastle to get a few days with Sam Allardyce and the rest of the Magpies squad before the important game on Monday evening at Derby. David has played solidly alongside experienced Brazilian Claudio Cacapa and hopefully gone are the days of Newcastle’s soft center in defense. David obviously likes playing with the very experienced Cacapa as he continued:

“I enjoy playing with Cacapa. I speak a little French and our communication is good.” “He is not so young, he has plenty of experience and we need that.” “This team has a lot of players with experience now.”

“They can mix it with younger players like Steven Taylor, who has been playing right-back.” “The defense has been playing well, but it isn’t just the defense, the whole team has been doing well.”

“It’s always a great feeling to get three points and I think we have been doing a good job so far.” “We are ready to continue our good start.”

David then talked about his Czech team mate Thomas Rosicky who he will face in the 3rd round of the Carling Cup in London on 25th September:

“I have been speaking to Tomas about the game on international duty” “We have had a few jokes about it but we are both looking forward to the game.” “As soon as I heard the draw I thought of Tomas.”

“It will be a difficult game but this is football and we know if you are to be successful you need to win those games.” “That’s why you play, to test yourself against the best players.” “It will be a big game for us and hopefully it will be a winning game for us.”

Rozehnal has already helped Newcastle to 3 clean sheets in the first 5 games since arriving from PSG and we’re sure the more clean sheets we can get, the more games we will win. When you have a strike force that includes Michael Owen and Oba Martins always ready to nick goals, Newcastle must fancy their chances in almost every game in which they can contain the opposing side. We hope to continue our good run at Pride Park next Monday, and bank another valuable 3 points and hopefully another clean sheet.

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41 comments so far

  • Bill F

    Sep 12, 2007 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #1

    I’ve already put the question as to the odds of us having the most clean sheets by the end of the season any thoughts?

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  • Ryan

    Sep 12, 2007 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Maybe Liverpool, it’s very hard to say. I think Newcastle will get a good share. Man Utd will also collect a fair few once they find some form I think. With any luck my beloved Arsenal will keep the most clean sheets, but I don’t expect it to happen when Arsenal always play with the attitude of simply ‘if you score 1, we’ll score 3’. Good luck to Newcastle though. They’re good at the moment and I hope they fulfill their potential and do very well.

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  • Rich

    Sep 12, 2007 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #3

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_2724088,00.html

    I knew UEFA wanted to make the winners of the FA Cup a Champions League sport butI didnt realise those European muppets at UEFA were going to do this in sacrifice for the 4th spot champions league spot.

    Thank god the prem is dead against this, this would be very bad for teams like us and Spurs etc.. as we try and break the top 3 clubs.

    fricken europeans, they just hate the brits for some reason, we should of just left the germans to rule them all in the 40s because they just try and shaft the UK and every oppertunity.

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  • big pea ov the weab

    Sep 12, 2007 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #4

    i think with the defence weve got and midfeild we will b a defence to recon with come on the toon

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  • Bill F

    Sep 12, 2007 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Anyone watch the England womens team, poetry in motion, shame about the football though!!

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  • Bill F

    Sep 12, 2007 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed some of the comments I try to submit seem to disappear into limbo are you having a problem?

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  • Dirk

    Sep 12, 2007 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #7

    we’ve got a gr8 defence at the moment, our midfield is a little slim tho only a few more midfielders and weve got a top four squad!

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  • big pea ov the weab

    Sep 12, 2007 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #8

    micky owen scores again ye harrrrrrrrr 1-0 england

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 12, 2007 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #9

    TWO FOR MICHAEL OWEN!!!!

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 12, 2007 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #10

    Is this man (Michael Owen) going to become England’s greatest ever goalscorer?

    In a word, John. Yes.

    Come on England!

    Haway the lads!!!!!

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  • JoshI

    Sep 12, 2007 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Owen has only 9 more goals or something until he is Englands top goalscorer!!! what a finisher he is!!! WE LOVE YOU OWEN!….. just do it for the toon, plz.

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  • JoshI

    Sep 12, 2007 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #12

    OWEN!!….. i was just thinking… Heskey for Viduka?… lol

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  • hadrian

    Sep 12, 2007 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #13

    great for owen , bad for all the toon fans that had a go at him .

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  • JoshI

    Sep 12, 2007 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #14

    NNAAAHH we loved him really, we just needed something to vent our frustration at.

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  • hadrian

    Sep 12, 2007 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #15

    ps Ed , you should really have a thread up for the england matches while there live , especially with wor micheal in the squad .

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  • JoshI

    Sep 12, 2007 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #16

    1/2 time boys!!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 12, 2007 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Hadrian – here’s the thread for the game on the Forum …

    http://nufcblog.com/forum/index.php?topic=92.0

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 12, 2007 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #18

    Bill – your comments keep coming through to be moderated – not sure why ….. keep going

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  • Rich

    Sep 12, 2007 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #19

    who thinks we should put a bif in for Heskey in janruary???

    i do!!!!

    we also need to offer Owen as much money as he wants to take out that fricken clause, what a class act he is.

    my mate at work is gonna look like a muppet after he said Owens past it last week!!!

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  • Rich

    Sep 12, 2007 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #20

    bif – bid****

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 12, 2007 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #21

    5 goals for Michael in his last 4 games (so far) … how about 3 at Derby on Monday night ?
    Hey – who said he was past it 😀

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  • JoshI

    Sep 12, 2007 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #22

    ahhhh Heskey… poetry in motion! sorta thing :S lol… i agree with Rich!! Heskey for Viduka.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 12, 2007 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Rich – hopefully by Jan he will have signed an extended contract at Newcastle – and hopefully we’ll be way up there with the leaders.

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  • Rich

    Sep 12, 2007 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Josh – Heskey for Shola!!!! keep Viduka!!

    Ed Harrison – I thought it was 6 in 5 for Owen now?? at least thats what Motty said on BBC 1.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 12, 2007 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #25

    On a positive note; another clean sheet for Rozzy.

    The bad news; Ireland lost 1-0 with Shay in nets.

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  • Loisss

    Sep 12, 2007 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #26

    I’m sorry guys, but by putting aside Viduka like you’re doing, you’re just surfing the wave of the events… Calm down. Heskey for Viduka??? Come on! The’re just not in the same league, and the Dukes is far better… It is great, NUFC has Owen and Martins, but Viduks is pure class and will show very helpful… I’m pretty sure BSA will stick with him anyway, and I absolutely agree with that.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 12, 2007 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #27

    2 goals, an assist, man of the match. The boy is back!

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  • Rich

    Sep 12, 2007 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #28

    LOISSS –

    Look up the Owen & Heskey stats for England, NOT JUST THESE 2 GAMES:

    This is Owen and Heskeys England stats:

    14 Starts 14 Goals – all goals from Owen.

    I dont agree with ppl who say swap Viduka for Heskey but you must agree that Heskey for Ameobi would be a big improvment for our team!!!!!!!!!

    Im a very happy man, as unique as it sounds im English through & through but ive lived in Scotland almost all my life and the 1-0 victory over the Frenchies has just made my week.

    im so happy at the moment.

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  • evil dick

    Sep 12, 2007 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #29

    well played owen!

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  • JoshI

    Sep 12, 2007 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Loiss – You do understand that i was not being serious? lol… of course i dont think that Heskey playing well for 2 England games means he should come to us and replace Viduka. He will end up being a flop again in a few weeks, but we could offer him much more than wigan in terms of performance.

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  • JoshI

    Sep 12, 2007 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #31

    And i would definatley like to say Viduka on his day is not MUCH better than Heskey on his, maybe slightly.

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  • hadrian

    Sep 12, 2007 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #32

    now its viduka who is replaceable , just like micheal was a few months back .
    this is exactly what allerdyce was going on about .
    you think micheals gonna want to sign another contract with the toon? hardly likely with the fickle bunch of geordies we put ourselves across as .

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  • JEFFBRUM

    Sep 12, 2007 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #33

    …..OWENS WOULD APPEAR TO BE DEFINITE TO GET THE NOD OVER OBA BY BSA NOW – PITY BSA SEEMS RELUCTANT TO PAIR THEM UP FRONT TOGETHER…THEY WOULD BE UNSTOPPABLE FOR OPPOSING DEFENDERS. NO MANAGER IN HIS RIGHT MIND COULD LEAVE OWEN OUT NOW – COULD THEY ?

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  • JoshI

    Sep 12, 2007 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #34

    I don’t think anyone has said and meant that Viduka should be replaced. I think he is a good player, not the best and not 1 i would have personally but good nonetheless, and he will prove a good signing…. people just get excited after watching an excellent England game with Heskey being a dominant target man. lol :D…. we have a great squad and im sure we are all satisfied by it.

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  • evo

    Sep 12, 2007 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #35

    there’s a chance rozenhal might not be playing against rosicky at all as we all know the carling cup is reserved for the reserves at arsenal.

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  • Rich

    Sep 12, 2007 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #36

    OH MY GOD.

    why does everyone think if we get a big forward in we should get rid of Viduka?

    is everyone forgetting the waste of space that SHOLA AMEOBI IS??

    and Jeff Brum – i gurantee you Owen will start on the bench on Monday, its to do with Fitness Oba has been training with the Toon for just under a week and hasnt played an international game, owen has played 180 minutes in less than a week, if you knew about management youd know that BSA is not going to give Owen another 90 minutes on monday, that i am sure of.

    Does no one else agree that we need to get rid of Shola??!?!?!?!

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  • Duncan Disorderly

    Sep 13, 2007 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #37

    yup, Owen will start on the bench – he was exhausted, by all accounts, at the end tonight.

    Viduka was a shrewd purchase at the time but nobody thinks he’s ‘long term’ – let’s not get on his back – he’s a very good target man once the other 2 up fron stop crowding him and start playing off him a little more.

    Heskey for the Toon – You’ve GOT to be kidding!

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  • perry

    Sep 13, 2007 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #38

    Hey guys, Viduka is the most goalscorer at middlebrough. Just give him time, he will surely deliver something great for us. As for heskey, I reckon newcastle try to sign him in January to replace Amoebi.

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  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 13, 2007 at 4:05 AM

    Comment #39

    BSA has a selection problem for the Derby game; i.e. does he start game with Owen or Martins up front? Not to worry, BSA has selection problems all over the park as the squad appears very strong! Things are looking good…………

    Rozenhall looks a real bargain at only £2.9M when you compare what’s been paid out for Marcelino, Boumsong, Goma, etc, over the years.

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  • rich

    Sep 13, 2007 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #40

    Owen & Heskey – 14 starts – 14 goals all from owen.

    Owen has said Heskey is his favorite strike partner of all time, if we sign Heskey, Owen will def not want to leave!!!

    Lamesley – their is no selection headache for the Derby game, As i said time and time before but you obviously dont read other peaoples posts is that Owen is knackered hes played 180 minutes in less than 1 week, Martins has been training with the toon for over a week and hasnt played since his 25 minutes in our last game.

    Owen will be on the bench come monday and will be brought on in the second half.

    sometimes i wonder about some of my fellow toon fans.

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