We watched both Champions league game last night with English sides involved, and Arsenal beat Montpellier 2-1 and Manchester City lost to Real Madrid 3-2 in what was a really exciting second half, and we noticed both sides basically played their best sides.
Gael Bigirimana – should get another start in Portugal tomorrow night
That defeat by City will probably mean they will need to shell out £100M in January’s transfer market to get better players into the side.
But for whatever reason Alan Pardew will not be playing Newcastle’s best side in Europe this year, and he will give the youngsters their chance by fielding them along with other fringe players in the six group games we have to play before the end of the year in the Europa League.
We suppose that’s one way of giving the youngsters their chance, but we also have to think about getting beyond the group stages of this competition, and still be in it when next year rolls around.
This is what manager Alan Pardew said today about tomorrow night’s game in Madeira (taste that wine!) when we play Maritimo:
“It will be a completely different team.” “You have to have belief though. It is the most important ingredient.” “You have to believe you can win a game.”
“I’ve been in teams as a player when I didn’t think we were going to win.” “You have to make sure that belief is there.” “It wasn’t there at Everton. We were all at fault.”
“Not just myself, but the players and the staff too.” “We did have belief in the second half at Everton and whatever team we put out we have to take it into tomorrow night.”
“Whatever team we put out I want a win.” “If we do that it will set us up nicely for Norwich.”
Newcastle will play their top side against Norwich City on Sunday afternoon, and we will presumably always play our best side in the league this season.
It’s a good chance on Sunday to welcome back Chris Hughton to the club, and thank him for all he did at Newcastle, when we were literally down and out in the summer of 2009, and before he was ruthlessly fired in early December of 2010.
But we cannot be too sentimental either – we definitely need all three points on Sunday, to follow on from the great point we got at Goodison Park on Monday night.
If we can get the win against Norwich we’ll start climbing that league table again.
Howay The Lads!!
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