It seems that Yohan Cabaye is looking forward to Newcastle’s European campaign, and of course the French International has played before in the Europa League for his former club Lille, but he thinks Newcastle can do very well this year in Europe.
Yohan Cabaye – after scoring against Ukraine at Euro 2012
The best Cabaye has done with Lille is to get to the quarter finals of the competition, and he thinks Newcastle can do better than that, as he had this to day today to the local press:
“I have experience in Europe but I hope to go further with Newcastle. With Lille we made it into the last 16 but with Newcastle, I think we can actually go further than that. We can do better than that, I’m sure.” “We have very good players who can prove themselves in Europe. These are players who believe in themselves.”
Of course we should take one step at a time, and we first have to get through the 4th qualifying round of the competition in a two legged tie against Greek side Atromitos, who have refused to switch their home game from 23rd August.
That gives them a little bit of an edge in that game, because Newcastle have to play at Chelsea less that 48 hours after the game ends in Athens.
Newcastle even tried to put the Chelsea game back to the Sunday, but that’s when the Notting Hill Festival takes place, so we had no luck there either.
But that’s the way it is, so the lads will just get on with it, and they will, but look for the side in Athens to be essentially a second eleven side, but it should still be good enough to win the game.
If the lads play anything like the way they played at Hartlepool last week, we’ll have no trouble at all, and it will be a big chance for players like Romain Amalfitano, Shola Ameobi, Sylvain Marveaux, Gael Bigirimana, James Perch and others too – maybe Adam Campbell?
Normally Newcastle will play the group stage games on a Thursday night, and the following game will be a Premier League game on Sunday, so that will not be too bad, but Newcastle have it really tough in the first 15 days of the season, with 5 very important games.
And we hate to mention this, but it seems that Alan Pardew will be relying on a lot of the fringe players for the European games, as he has stated clearly the priority this season for Newcastle is the Premier League, so maybe Yohan Cabaye will not get toto many games in Europe for Newcastle?
If we can do as well as we did under the great Bobby Robson back in 2004, when we reached the semi-final of the then UEFA Cup, only to be beaten by Marseilles with two goals in the away leg by an up-and-coming striker called Didier Drogba, we’ll be OK.
In fact if we reach the semi-final that would be simply great.
Howay The Lads!!
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