Jonas Gutiérrez has today compared Ben Arfa’s goal on Saturday with the famous Maradona goal he scored against England in the quarter finals of the 1986 World Cup when Bobby Robson was the England manager.
Jonas Gutierrez – talks about Ben Arfa’s great goal
This is what the Argentine winger told the local Newcastle press today:
“Ben Arfa’s goal was magnificent.” “It was the type of goal Lionel Messi would have been proud of, or even Maradona.”
“It reminded me of Diego Maradona’s goal against England in the World Cup quarter-final in 1986.”
“He beat so many players, he just kept on going. What we keep saying to him is when he gets the ball in the last quarter of the pitch, we want him to take on players because he has the skill and he is so quick.”
“In the middle of the pitch we tell him just to keep it simple, not to do anything flashy and pass the ball.”
“He must do his fancy work in the final third. We know how hard it is to try to tackle Ben Arfa when he is on a run like that. We cannot do it on the training ground.”
“We know he is a good player with the ball at is feet, but he has to understand what English football is all about.”
“In Spain or France it is not as physical, maybe there is less contact.” “You do not always get the free-kicks you would expect in England.”
“When you break your leg like he did last season it is sometimes difficult to deal with the physical aspect, but he is doing well.”
You can compare the two goals because here’s Maradona’s goal against England that made it 2-0 in that 1986 quarter final tie, when Bobby Robson was the England manager.
This goal came just five minutes after he had punched the ball into the net for the first goal of the game.
And Newcastle’s second goal on Saturday by Gutierrez wasn’t too bad either, as Jonas delicately chipped the ball over the advancing goalkeeper and into the net with virtually the last kick of the game.
Gutiérrez’ goal has set up a 4th round tie at either Brighton or Wrexham, who drew their game 1-1 at the Amex Stadium on Saturday – and that’s a game we should be able to win.
But we said the exact same thing last January about the game at Stevenage. 😀
This is what Jonas said about his winning goal at the death on Saturday:
“I am very happy with my goal. The goalkeeper got close to me and made my mind up.”
“The Cup is important to us. It is a quicker route into Europe than the Premier League.”
“Maybe it is the last time I have the mask if it means I will get booked every time.”
Newcastle were out of sorts after the first 15 minutes of the game on Saturday, but it was to their credit that they came back in great style in that second half and scored two great goals.
And in the end they deserved their second win of the season against Blackburn at St. James’ Park.
Howay The Lads!!