It hasn’t gone unnoticed that teams Newcastle still have to play this season have come into some top form.
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Chelsea are now playing like the team of old and even beat the mighty Barcelona 1-0 last night at Stamford Bridge, in the first round of the Champions League semi-final.
Wigan have beaten both Manchester United and Arsenal in their last two games, and deserved to win both those games, and Manchester City are starting to look like the side that hammered teams earlier this season.
Newcastle have to play all those three sides in the last five games of the season, so let’s not under-estimate the task facing the lads before this amazing season ends.
But Newcastle themselves have won their last fives games on the trot, and are full of confidence, and Alan Pardew has today called on his players to get the results in the last five game for their loyal fans.
This is what Alan told the local press today:
“It could be a brilliant end to the season.” “We are going to be playing in full stadiums and that’s brilliant.” “The fans believe in what we are doing.”
“Regardless of what we do in the last five games we’ve had a great season.” “But we still want to repay our fans.” “At times against Bolton the crowd were quiet.”
“It wasn’t like that against Liverpool, we frightened them.” “Against Stoke I hope it’s more like Liverpool.” “We need to try to get that atmosphere going again.”
Stoke seem to have been exhausted by their exploits in the Europa League this season, and have already played over 50 games this term, with 12 of this being in the Europa League, and they are also a better side at home than on the road.
So it could be that Newcastle can register yet another win on Saturday to make it six wins on the trot.
And then we’ll travel to Wigan, and the curious thing there is that the Latics could even be the favorites to win that game, such has been their form over the last five games, in which they have won four of them.
But we’re also sure our players will have something to say about that.
It’s almost like a mini-season of five games Newcastle embark on this Saturday, and depending on how many points the lads can pick up, will decide whether we can qualify for the Champions League next season, for the first time since 2003.