Rozehnal Sings The Praises Of Claudio


David Rozehnal has sung the praises this morning of Claudio Cacapa, whom he partnered in central defense for our first clean sheet away from home since November of last year.

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David Rozehnal – a great guy – and not a bad footballer either

While we didn’t think Rozehnal had a great game against Fulham, he was effective at the back, although at times he delayed too much on the ball, and was caught out at least once. But we think that David is still coming to terms with playing in the Premier league, and will certainly make the grade as a Newcastle center-back. He just has too much ability and has too strong a character not to be successful on Tyneside.

Bit David today lauds the performance of his Brazilian partner Claudio Caçapa on Saturday. Here’s what David said today to the Newcastle Journal:

“First of all, Claudio is a great player. What happened to him is a big pity. He made some mistakes, but football is like that. Sometimes you can look like the worst footballer in the world, you make mistakes and people think you are terrible.”

“But he is a great player and a strong player. We saw against Fulham, he did a great job. I felt really good playing close to him. He has a lot of experience, there is big pressure on us and we need this type of big player on the pitch.”

Claudio went a long way to redeeming himself on Saturday with a very solid performance at the back. He reads the game so well and some of his blocks and interceptions in the second half on Saturday, were just great to watch.

Without getting carried away, which seems to be an occupational hazard for Geordies, some of Sam’s defensive buys are now starting to show through. Rozehnal has been steady, although he’s made mistakes, and Habib Beye is now looking like a great buy at right-back and seems to have come to terms with the Premier League now.

Abdoulaye Faye has played some outstanding games at the back for Newcastle already, and we’d really like to see more of our young 21 year-old Spaniard Jose Enrique. He’s looked solid when he’s played, but for some reason Sam seems to prefer young Charles N’Zogbia at left back at the moment.

Anyway, they all seem to have made their own improvements over the last four months, and we just hope that augers well for the second half of the season. We can still finish in a decent position this season. We certainly hope so.

Comments welcome.



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1 comment so far

  • Bill f

    Dec 17, 2007 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Well he is obviously no fool and can appreciate the value of having team mates who can cover your mistakes. Dare I say it, why not, Even Titus may well have looked several classes higher if he had had similar players around him. Cos Roz has made similar gaffes and has got away with some of them.

    He still is going to haver some stiff competition to make the starting lineup though, which is good and bad as players do need continuity.

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