Jonas Gutierrez has been interviewed today, and he is not getting carried away by Newcastle’s high position in the league at this fairly late stage of the season.
Jonas Gutierrez – big game against Liverpool
The conventional wisdom in football is not to get carried away by the wins, and not to get get too down after a defeat.
In fact that’s not a bad way to approach life in general, come to think about it.
The next game is all that matters, and Newcastle have picked up a lot of confidence in the last two games, by grinding out a win against Norwich at home, and then at West Brom last Sunday, bringing home a great 3-1 victory.
And with Chelsea, Liverpool and now Everton and Tottenham in the semi finals of the FA Cup, after those two sides won their replays last night, any of those sides except Everton winning the Cup, would seem to offer a way for Newcastle into the Europa League next season - if we finish 6th.
Both results last night went Newcastle’s way – there’s no doubt about that – since we hardly wanted to see Sunderland in the semi-finals.
This is what Jonas said today and he also talks about Ben Arfa – Newcastle’s secret weapon:
“It’s nice for us to be in this position, but we’re not thinking about that.”
“We enjoyed ourselves on Sunday and we know that we have a lot of games and a lot of points before the end of the season.” “We are taking it game by game and nothing else.”
“It was important for us, we need to get as many points as we can before the end of the season, it’s not over yet.” “We went there to win and I think we played a great game. I’m very happy about the outcome.
“We know we can open up a gap over Liverpool next week, it’s going to be a big game for us next week, so we’re going to have to be fully focused.”
“We know all about Hatem,” “We know what he can do when he has the ball, and he did that on Sunday. People say that he can’t adapt to English football because it is too physical, too tough, but he found the right moment and the right space to cause problems.
“He’s an important player for us, he’s learning about English football, it’s different to other teams. He’s learning that every day.”
Everton won 2-0 last night at the Stadium of Light, so it doesn’t look like Sunderland can make Europe next season.
Everton were easily the better side, and they are now the dark horses in this race for the FA Cup, and will play Liverpool in the semifinals at Wembley on April 14th.
We’d like to see Liverpool win that game, and then Newcastle look to be sitting pretty, if we can hold onto at least 6th place in the league table, and that starts with our game on Sunday against Liverpool at St. James’ Park.
Three points in that game is all that matters right now.