Newcastle finished above Chelsea in the Premier League this last season.
Tim Krul – had great season for the Magpies
And just to prove that wasn’t a fluke, we also took them apart (well kind of) at Stamford Bridge in the 2-0 win, with two great goals from new number 9 Papiss Cisse.
Chelsea of course are now European Champions, so it says something about Newcastle that we amassed more points than the London side last in the league last season – one point more to be exact.
And Newcastle also took 4 points off Manchester United, who have won the Premier League 12 times in its 20 year existence, and only narrowly missed out on another title, when Manchester City scored two goals in stoppage time over QPR, to win their very first Premier League title on goal difference, from the Red Devils.
They were helped by former Newcastle player Joey Barton being sent off after 54 minutes, and maybe if QPR had 11 men on the field throughout that second half, they could have held on, and Manchester United would have been Champions – but that didn’t happen of course.
We bet Joey Barton is not popular with United fans this summer.
Coloccini reflected on the season just ended, and thought the team had some outstanding performers, including goalkeeper Tim Krul, who was outstanding in his first full season between the sticks for Newcastle.
This is what Coloccini had to say in the Sunday Sun today:
“Tim was great. I remember his save early in the game at home to Wigan, from Victor Moses – a game we went on to win. Those are turning points and the importance cannot be underestimated.”
“For me the highlights were probably the wins over Manchester United and Chelsea – it showed we can live with the best, and beat them.” “At the start of the season we thought amongst ourselves that we had the squad and the ability to do well.”
“So when we went on the unbeaten run at the start it gave us the confidence to play our game and not fear anyone.” “I think we proved that at Old Trafford when we drew with United and although we then had a bad time in December.”
“But we never lost the belief and that was vital as we kicked on again in the second half of the season.”
Newcastle will have a chance to do well in Europe next season, but the lads still have to press hard in the league, and surely we cannot make being in Europe, an excuse for not pushing for a top four position in the league?
That seems to be what manager Alan Pardew has been trying to suggest recently, and that’s one more reason this summer transfer window is so important for Newcastle – we need to improve the squad a lot for next season, if we are to get to the next level.