Newcastle May Need 3rd Place To Get Into Champions League

With Chelsea surprisingly getting through to the final of the Champions League tonight by winning their two legged tie against Barcelona, that may make it even harder for Newcastle to get into the Champions League next season.

Roberto di Mateo – has done great job at Chelsea

Chelsea drew the game 2-2 in Barcelona tonight, and won on aggregate 3-2, even after going down the ten men in the first half when Chelsea captain John Terry was caught kneeing  Alexis Sanchez in the back, and he received a straight red card.

It was a stupid action by the Chelsea captain, and it could  and probably should have cost Chelsea the game – you cannot go and knee somebody in the back and expect to remain on the field these days.

That compounded Chelsea’s defensive problems since Gary Cahill went off after just 14 minutes,  with what looked to be a hamstring problem.

Just before half time, Barcelona scored twice but then remarkably Chelsea pulled one back just before the half time whistle, through a terrific goal from Brazilian Ramires.

The score at the half was 2-1 which meant Chelsea were still ahead on away goals, and they amazingly held out in the second half to secure their place in the final, and that was after Lionel  Messi missed a penalty.

And as fate would have it,  Fernando Torres scored a good breakaway goal in stoppage time,  to make the final score tonight 2-2 and Chelsea won overall 3-2.

Barcelona showed a lot of cracks in their team over the two games with Chelsea,  and missed a lot of chances and couldn’t break down the Chelsea rearguard, which was well organized.

Chelsea getting to the final could well complicate matters for Newcastle,  because if Chelsea beats Real Madrid or Bayern Munich in the final in Munich on May 19th,  and they finish outside of the top four in the Premier League – they will be given a place in the Champions League to defend their title.

They will take the place of the 4th placed team in the Champions League, who will get an additional place in the Europa League. Newcastle are currently in 4th place,  3 points ahead of Tottemham and 4 points ahead of Chelsea.

The European Champions League Final is six days after the Premier League ends,  and therefore if Newcastle are 4th top  and  Chelsea wins the Champions League – Newcastle will be in the Europa League.

And that as far as we know, would be the very first time that has happened in Premier League history.

One way Newcastle can guarantee their place in the Champions League next season is to finish 3rd top, by overtaking Arsenal, and we are 3 points behind the Gunners with a game in hand right now,  but a much worse goal difference.

We don’t think what happened tonight in Barcelona will change the plans of Alan Pardew and his players one little bit – because they will simply go about their final four games of the season, and try to win them all.

That’s the best approach in this increasingly complex situation.

Comments welcome.

63 comments so far

  • The Shola Show

    Apr 24, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Howaaayyyyy theeeee tooon

  • Pardew's fist pump

    Apr 24, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Weekends results:

    Stoke 2 -2 Arsenal
    Wigan 0 – 2 NUFC
    Spurs 1 – 1 Blackburn
    Chelsea 2 – 1 QPR

    Walking in a Pardew wonderland! 😀

  • kalon

    Apr 24, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #3

    I think that this result is good for nufc as chelsea have 2 cup final distractions so they may not be up to it when nufc play them. Aswell a this they have ivanovic, terry, ramires and meireles out of the final aswell as some others i think. Howay the ladsss

  • RobAveries

    Apr 24, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Wait, shouldn’t 4th still be good enough for CL even if Chelsea win the final? Look at the table, Everton qualified when Liverpool finished 5th and won it and there were 5 teams from England?!

  • Ben3arfa

    Apr 24, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #5

    they’ve changed the rules since liverpool won the champions league, coz they didnt want a repeat of that same situation

  • vibroguy

    Apr 24, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #6

    @RobAveries they changed the rules after that season due to Liverpool being f*****g useless, ruining the party for everyone. Another reason to despise them

  • Toon! Toon!

    Apr 24, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #7
  • matt11_25

    Apr 24, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #8

    That’s what I’ve been thinkin this whole time…

    Bloody typical

  • pbNcl

    Apr 24, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #10

    For the first season ever, I don’t care who we sign cos I know they’ll be quality! What a situation!

    I doubt chelsea’s ability to win champions league, they will try tho. They got us comin up, and a final to play. I think its too much for them and real or bayern will tear them a new one

  • ochytoon

    Apr 24, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #11

    This article provides clarity on champions league qualification.

  • pbNcl

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #12

    Look at the very mess chelsea are causing. Its constant bother with them lot down there haha

  • howway geordies

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #13

    We’ll just have to finish 3rd!

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #14

    Was pretty pleased for Chelsea- was a brilliant moment- and then I realised this….

  • pbNcl

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #15

    Its feckin tight bum time as the sayin goes. Feel a bit pressure now

  • Magpie_Man

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #16

    If anything, it could encourage us more to go and get 3rd

  • Minato

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #17

    Yeh sorry arsenal.. Gonna have to take your spot now too :p

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #18
  • nickfish90

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #19

    Alright guys, great night for English football but sadly not so great for NUFC. Here’s something that might make you laugh a bit though. As harsh as it was!

  • GeordieToon89

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #20

    Wor Shearer – Thats is the worst article ever yes haha.. stating the obvious and is only about 15 words long lmao

  • mindshaft

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #22

    To be honest Chelsea were lucky tonight and barca were poor – reminded me a lot of arsenal – ass pass pass ass no end result, don’t think bayern or Madrid will be as accomadating
    Don’t matter either way – if we finish 4th I’ll be a bit gutted if chelski nick our place but it’s so unlikely ……..

  • Tsunki

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #23

    mindshaft – wrong and right imo. Chelsea played well, strategically and defensively, this is the other part of the game from just scoring goals and looking wonderful.

    But right in that Real or Bayern will not be so accommodating or indulgent and will undoubtedly break them because they know how. Barca have been lauded for their command of the game, but Chelsk have shown a tactic that exposes their weakness. Good for us to know since we will be facing them at some point soon. 🙂

  • Vask

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #24

    Jesus Christ Wor Shearer, that is definitely the worst article ever. I’m not surprised that it’s in the express

  • jimmyxavi

    Apr 25, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #25

    The Toon will have to pay Stade de Reims around £500,000 for Amalfitano, who said: “The challenge of the Premier League has convinced me to accept Newcastle’s offer.

    “I have spoken with Cabaye and Ben Arfa and it was impossible to reject the biggest opportunity of my sporting life.”

  • Ben_BKK

    Apr 25, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #26

    jimmyxavi, have you just made that up or is that an actual quote?

  • Vask

    Apr 25, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #27

    Observe the “‘s it must be true.

  • Daley_Toon

    Apr 25, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #29

    just made a video of most our goals from the season. hope you’s like it. cheers

  • Ben_BKK

    Apr 25, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #31

    Ah nice one, I haven’t seen those quotes anywhere else so I wasn’t sure, everywhere else it just talks about reports that we’ve signed him and I’ve seen some quotes where he’s refused to comment except to say the usual about how he’s flattered to be linked to us and it’ll all be sorted in the summer.

    Nice to know we’ve got a signing wrapped up already though, and while I’d usually not exactly be impressed by a free signing from Ligue 2, I fully trust Graham Carr’s judgement!

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Apr 25, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #33

    Wor Shearer (16) – Lol, that’s hilarious. There are so many Sun articles just like that. Just shows how little pride and ambition some tabloid journalists have; they just churn out anything to fill the pages.
    And the worst bit is that some people actually think these stories are any more informed than any of us.

  • chris_g

    Apr 25, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #34

    I don’t believe that article in the Sun. What was their source for the “quote” from Amalfitano? Nobody else has reported it so far.

    Also, in the same article, there was a “quote” from Tiote who apparently insisted last night “I know there’s speculation but I can achieve what I want to here.” But that was a misquote, because it’s been widely reported that what he actually said was “I know I can achieve what I want to here. I don’t know about the speculation……”

    Best thing to do is completely ignore everything reported by the Sun until it’s confirmed by the club.

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Apr 25, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Comment #35

    Exactly, I cannot believe how shameless and cynical that paper is.

    They don’t even pretend to be credible.

  • Ben_BKK

    Apr 25, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #36

    Hahaha the mackems are really getting desperate!

    (Before anyone says it, no I don’t believe they’re actually in for him, it’s just funny comparing the quality of players we’re linked to, young international class, and those that they’re linked to, old past it donkeys)

  • nickfish90

    Apr 25, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    Comment #37

    Senegal have been drawn in Great Britains group for the Olympics.

  • Vask

    Apr 25, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #38

    Shame Senegal don’t have the rest of the Newcastle team, they may stand a chance otherwise.

  • nickfish90

    Apr 25, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    Comment #39

    We might do by this time next year. If the two Dembas are anything to go by 😛

  • nickfish90

    Apr 25, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Comment #40

    Oops, kind of misread your post.


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