A long interview with Jonas Gutierrez today in the Evening Chronicle – the only representative we had in this summer’s World Cup.
Jonas Gutierrez – in action for Argentina
Jonas Gutierrez’ first game for Newcastle was two years ago at Old Trafford and the Argentine winger looked great. He was probably Newcastle’s best player in that game, when we earned a very creditable 1-1 draw.
Jonas told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I have good memories of that game, but all the games are different and this is going to be another game in which we can emerge from with a result.”
“Playing in front of the Newcastle fans was very special for me for the first time.” “I knew I had joined a big club straight away.”
“I want to do the same now and play well, and if we can take a point it would be good.” “We have a very good team, and we have to believe in ourselves.”
“We have to be prepared, because it is going to be a hard game.”
It’s going to be a very hard game, there’s no doubt about that, and the way the Red Devils scored three goals against Chelsea, so easily, leaves us with just a little trepidation.
But the next game at home to Aston Villa could get us something – now that Martin O’Neill has thrown his toys out of the pram – again.
He seems to object to Villa’s American owner, Randy Lerner, wanting to balance the books at Villa, and we have to say we just don’t understand managers who don’t understand business – and all they are interested in is having big money to spend.
Look at Portsmouth if you want just one example of what happens to clubs when they spend beyond your limits.
Both Jonas and Colloccini will be in action at the new Aviva Stadium in Dublin tomorrow night, when Argentina plays Ireland, but it’s very bad timing and we will be praying that neither player is injured.
Jonas talked about the game at Rangers on Saturday and the upcoming International:
“It was good to play 65 minutes at Rangers. It is going to be a hard season for me.” “Now I have the national team in midweek, but I am going to be ready for Manchester United.”
“It is always important for us to play in the national team.” “Playing three days before the league starts though is very hard, because I came back from my holidays about 10 days ago.”
“It will be hard, but the most important thing is to play for the national team. It is very good.”
“In 10 months we have the Copa America in Argentina.” “It is a very good way to start our preparations.” “It is very important for Colo and I to be back in the Premier League.
“We fought for a place while playing in the second division, the Championship, it is very difficult.”
A little bit of guilt from Jonas maybe, and we do understand every player wants to represent their country, but Newcastle had such terrible luck with Michael Owen when he played for England, and always seemed to come back injured, that the players must also understand who pays their wages.
But we’re sure Chris Hughton wants our two boys to represent Argentina, because they are also representing Newcastle when they do that.