We Are Thinking Only Of Spurs – Not The Champions League

There is naturally talk of Newcastle maybe qualifying for the European Champions League this season, and that’s because we are just one point away from joining Chelsea in 4th place.

Jonas Gutierrez challenges Alan Hutton on Sunday

But in reality we would still be in fifth place because our goal difference of +5 is inferior to the other top side like Chelsea +15, Arsenal +12 and Liverpool only +7, clubs who will also be competing for a Champions League position.

Even Sunderland, 9 points back in 8th position, who we play in a noon time kick-off game on Sunday 4th March at St. James’ Park,  have a better goal difference of +9.

That’s because of their good results of late – since Martin O’Neil took over and organized them into a much better side than they had been under Geordie manager Steve Bruce.

In the 10 league games O’Neil has been in charge they have won seven and lost only two, both  1-0 defeats at Chelsea and Tottenham.

It’s going to be a much more competitive derby this time around – no doubt about that.

Back to the European Champions League and it  seems the players are not thinking about it at all,  as Jonas Gutierrez has pointed out the lads are trying hard to take just one game at a time:

“We are not thinking about the Champions League. We are just thinking about the next game,” “We are in a good position, but I think the team and all of the players, we don’t think about what the fans and the press are saying.”

“We are trying to focus on the games that we have left.” “That is what has brought us success so far and that is what we must continue to do. We know we are having a great season but we have to focus game-by-game.”

“And that means no thinking ahead of ourselves.”  “We are thinking about Tottenham only – no one and nothing else.”  “It will be really, really tough.”

“They are in third position in the league and they’re trying to stay in the Champions League places so it will be really hard,”  “They are a strong team at home but for us it is going to be a big test because they are one of the few teams that are above us.”

“We know that whatever team we put out it will be a good team. ”  “If we do the right things we can beat any team in the Premier League but we have to be focused for 90 minutes – for the whole game.”

“Against that team, with that kind of quality player, you have to be focused for 90 minutes or you will be punished.”

We watched the Tottenham side at Anfield on Monday night, and they looked a strong side and very well oragnzied, and now they have big Ledley King and Michael Dawson in central defense, they looked extremely solid, so it will be difficult for Newcatsle to score on Saturday.

But there again we have Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse,  who seem to be able to score goals, and both looked sharp on Sunday.

Tottenham will present a problem in central midfield,  and it will be a huge test of Danny Guthrie and James Perch, who will go up against the likes of former Newcastle midfielder Scott Parker and Luka Modric.

Newcastle thought they had a great chance of signing the Croatian play-maker back in May of 2008, but that was before he went down to London and ended up signing for Tottenham the next day – and for lower wages than the Magpies had offered him – or those were the rumors anyway.

Spurs have lost just four times in the league this season, and two of those were in their first two games at Manchester United 3-0,  and at home to Manchester City by 5-1, and that’s the only game they have lost at White Hart Lane  all season – so they are due a defeat.

But only if Newcastle are in top form, and get some luck in the game,  could they possibly come away with all 3 points or even a draw, but we’re sure that’s what Alan Pardew and the coaches are working on this week in training – how they can do just that.

But we’ve seen this season that anything is possible with Newcastle, especially when we’ll be starting with the two Demba boys up front. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • tomtoon7

    Feb 8, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #1

    hey all..Wot a glorious mornin 2b a TOON fan

  • oo aa demba ba

    Feb 8, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Champions League would obviously fantastic but its too optomistic, for this season anyway. We are sitting 5th in the league with a new squad who many expected would be battling relegation so we can’t get ahead of ourselves. It mustn’t be a case of disappointment if we do miss out on the European places because at the end of the day we’ll of still had a fantastic season achieving well above what was expected of us. But here’s to hoping, if we can get back to top form with the demba’s back, and tiote and cabaye not far off, then we could have an exciting finish to the season on our hands

  • Selbymag

    Feb 8, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Why is it perceived AP is being negative if Ben Arfa is not played
    For me we should and probably will go with
    Yeah I know it is 4-4-2 but gives a solid spine and 11 players who will put in a shift with 2 x Dembas and the wide players able to get forward supported by Guthrie. Both widemen track back and cover.
    HBA is for me still an impact sub for last 20 mins.

  • oo aa demba ba

    Feb 8, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #4


    agreed, as much as id love ben arfa to be in the starting eleven he needs to up his work rate (which he has been doing recently to be fair to him). As a right winger he is lethal, he has immaculate feet and leaves defenders for dead when he cuts in on his left ie blackburn and fulham. Wouldnt mind seeing him there or just behind the demba’s, but then again who would you then drop?? good dilemma to have for AP though

  • JackButler

    Feb 8, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #5

    We have as much chance as anyone of making a Champions League place, we’ve been picking up points with our central midfield pairing and star striker missing. Liverpool can’t seem to score at home with their £55mil strike force, Arsenal are a true Jekyll and Hyde team, while AVB is under immense pressure at Chelsea.
    At the start of the season we were all hoping for a top 10 finish so at this point we have absolutely nothing to lose, so we can play without any pressure or fear

  • Widowmaker

    Feb 8, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #6

    I am not too concerned about Supr’s defence, but their strength in the mid of the park worries me to death, especially when we are without Tiote and Cabaye. Gurthie had a blinder against Villa, but he is facing a very different task this weekend; against one of the very best midfiled set ups in the PL, if not the world.

  • Ferdinand von Prondzynski

    Feb 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Actually for Spurs Newcastle is something of a bogey side. In past seasons, even when they’ve been doing really well, they’ve often stumbled in games against NUFC. I would be much more optimistic – not confident, but optimistic – that we can get something from this game, and that’s how the players should approach it (and no doubt will). I don’t think a win is beyond us.

  • oo aa demba ba

    Feb 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Im confident Guthrie will step up, hes been nothing short of phenomenal this season in every game he’s played and unlike Cabaye sometimes Guthrie, doesnt go missing when we are against the run of play and works hard to regain possession and cover the defence. This lad doesnt get enough praise, in his whole time here he’s rarely played in his preffered cm, but when he has he has been outstanding. Villa definitely his best performance in a newcastle shirt, he completely ran the show

  • ToonHeart

    Feb 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #9

    @tomtoon7 – Agreed 😀

  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 8, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #10

    Don’t see too much appreciation for Perch’s performances against Blackburn and Villa – let’s give credit where due, the lad was terrific in a midfield role, and won important headers in our area, more than Captain Wonderful!

  • wynsleap

    Feb 8, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Don’t really rate Dawson who I think is slow and easily turned. The one we have to nullify is Modric and stop him dictating the play. Maybe Perch could sit tight on him?
    It’s a pity that Tiote wasn’t here for this game. The clash between him and Parker would have been worth the admission money alone.
    Feel we can get a point out of this one though.

  • sticklebricks

    Feb 8, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #12

    Anyone remember when we were down in the Championship Colo saying in an interview he would keep his hair long unless we get into the CL..?

  • Ben

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #13

    Am I the only one who is not that impressed with HBA?
    Sure he has silky skills but his work rate is questionable, gives away possession most of the time, has a Ketsbia like tendency to run with his head down into cul de sacs ignoring the obvious pass, and gives the team nothing when we don’t have the ball.

    Wouldn’t have a place in my team at the moment. AP has it spot on!


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