There will be no resting players by Atromitos for tomorrow’s night’s first leg of the 4th qualifying round of the Europa League, when the Greek side take on Newcastle United in Athens, Greece.
Atromitos manager Dusan Bajevic – will play his strongest side
Atromitos would not move their game any earlier than Thursday night, and it’s hardly a surprise they will be at full strength against Newcastle, because they will want to progress to the group stages of the Europa League.
Their best chance to get a lead is in tomorrow night ‘s game in Athens, which will be Newcastle first European game since the 2006-2007 season, when Glenn Roeder was in charge at Newcastle.
The Atromitos manager Dusan Bajevic has said he will play his strongest side tomorrow night, and since nobody in their squad is injured, it will be the strongest possible team the Greek Super League side can field.
This is what Bajevic said today in the Newcastle Journal:
“We have everyone fit and I will play what I believe is our strongest team. If we did not then it would be very difficult for us.”
“We want to progress to the group stages and to that end we must not lose the first game, so we need be at our best. It is a challenge and one we are looking forward to.”
“The players have trained well for the past week and know what we expect of them.”
Alan Pardew initially was thought to be going to put out a complete second eleven in Athens, since Newcastle have a tough Premier League game against European Champions Chelsea at Stamford Brdige less than 48 hours after the end of the game, but it seems that maybe four or five first team starters will see some action tomorrow night.
One thing Alan Pardew cannot do is under-estimate Atomroitos, because they are obviously keen to win the game, and beat Newcastle in the two legged tie.
The winner of this tie qualifies for the group stages of the competition, and will play six games in the group stages against three other teams, before the end of the year.
There’s not much money in the competition, but it’s prestige that’s up for grabs for the Magpies, and the very last thing Newcastle want to do is to go out at the very first hurdle of the Europa League, which would be a disaster.
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