Jonas Gutierrez thought he would be moving to join Portsmouth and Harry Redknapp in January of last year, but instead he ended up at Newcastle last summer.
Jonas Gutierrez – almost joined Portsmouth
Gutierrez was asked about his potential move to Portsmouth last year, and the fact that he finally joined Newcastle.
He talked about the move to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle earlier today:
“I have no regrets.” “I hoped I would have the chance to go to Portsmouth in January 2008 before I came here.” “But I am glad that I came here.”
“The only worry is that we have five games and we have to win as many of them as possible.”
Of course one of our best performances of the season was when we beat Portsmouth 3-0 at Fratton Park on 14th December, and after that game we went on to beat Tottenham 2-1 at St. James’ Park, and we thought at that time, the turnaround had finally begun.
But after that game, we’ve won just one game in our last seventeen, and are rightly perched near the bottom of the Premier League.
Apparently Gutierrez still has his bottle of champagne on ice, following the win that day down south, and wants to celebrate with that, if Newcastle can indeed win their battle for survival this season, but that is looking rather unlikely right now.
“I still have the champagne, I didn’t drink it and it’s still at my home.” “If we stay up at the end of the season I am sure I will drink that champagne.”
However, Jonas we are told, is like all of our other players, and are all completely focused on the upcoming home game on Monday night, and if we cannot win that game against an in-form Pompey side, our chances of surviving will be slim indeed, and we have to hope and pray that some men will turn up in black and white stripes for that game.
“This is going to be my most important game for the club.” “We know exactly where we are so we must take three points.”
“The training has been very good and everybody is prepared for the game with Portsmouth.”
“All the players are aware of just how serious this situation is.”
We’ve heard all that before many of our previous matches, but we seem unable to go out and get the job done for the side. It would be nice to have a repeat of the performance at Fratton Park last year, and a 3-0 win would be extra good for our goal difference, which may yet prove to be decisive in keeping us in the Premier League.
“It was an incredible match and maybe my best match.” “I think that we did a lot of things right.”
“We kept the ball, we scored three very good goals and they just couldn’t get the ball off us that day.
“We could have scored a fourth or a fifth goal that day. It was, for me, the best game I played.”
Jonas needs to put in another performance like he did that day last December, as do a lot more of our first team players, most of whom are way over-paid. If they all put in a decent shift on Monday night, we could get the job done, but we’ve said that lots of times this year, to little avail.
We have to hope we can get the win, because if we can, the surge will be on towards survival, that’s for sure.