Joe Kinnear has again talked about the Chelsea game, and he seems to be looking forward to the challenge this afternoon, against an excellent Chelsea team.
Joe Kinnear – looking forward to Chelsea challenge
Joe talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“I would think they are the favorites to win the title this year, they have world-class players all over the pitch and an excellent manager,” “They tore Sunderland apart recently so we can not go down there and play an open game.”
“However, that doesn’t mean I’m going down to park the team bus in front of the goal for 90 minutes trying to keep the score down. I’m not going to Stamford Bridge thinking only about damage limitation, that has never been my style as a manager.”
The good news for Newcastle this afternoon is that Chelsea have been better in the league away from home this season, and the 7 points they have dropped have all been at Stamford Bridge.
“I’m going down there believing we are good enough to get something out of the game,” “They have got some excellent players, but so have we. Instead of worrying all the time about what they can do to us, we have to remember we have good quality players who can hurt them as well.”
“The biggest problem some teams have when they play one of the Big Four is they go there with fear, the worry they are going to get beaten heavily. They go there too negative and end up just trying to keep the score down and that’s a mistake. You can’t be scared when you play these games, you have to look forward to the challenge.”
“I used to love playing against George Best because it was a test for me,” says the former Republic of Ireland international. “I was the right-back at Spurs, he was the left winger at Manchester United. You find out about yourself. You have to be positive, you have to try and take the game to them.”
“I’m not saying we’re going there intending to play all-out attack, but we have the pace to worry them and we will look to get something out of the game.”
“I’ve never been one to back away from a challenge, and this isn’t about damage limitation. I’m going there to get a result. It would be a fantastic scalp. Newcastle have never won there for 22 years, but records are there to be broken.”
We like Kinnear’s attitude in the same way we liked Kevin Keegan’s attitude, because they look at every game and think there’s a way to get all 3 points. That’s not only positive thinking, but it’s realistic too, because all good teams have bad days, and we’ll have to hope this could be one for Chelsea.
Chelsea are a better and more exciting team this year under Felipe Scolari, who seems to be providing the entertainment billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has yearned for since he bought Chelsea in the summer of 2003.
He bought the club in early July of 2003, and had brought in 11 players before the season even started that year – you talk about buying a team.
Well, we’ll have to see how the lads do this afternoon, but we fully expect Joe to have them fully ready.
Howay The Lads!