Pardew – We Entered The Europa League To Win It

I just watched the Newcastle press conference yesterday for the Bordeaux game tonight, and Alan Pardew brought French International Yohan Cabaye along with him, and it was in front of quite a few French journalists, so Alan’s words were interpreted, and at one time the Newcastle manager said he thought the interpreter was adding things to what he had said, which brought a big laugh from those present.

Yohan Cabaye in French colors – he was at press conference yesterday

There’s no doubt Bordeaux are in good form at the moment,  and they started their Group D games with a big 4-0 win over Club Brugges, and they are at the top of the four man group at the moment, after just one game.

And to prove they are in good form at the moment, they went to Lyon and won 2-0 on Sunday, and that puts them in a decent 5th place in the league, 5 points behind leaders Marseilles, but only 2 points behind second-place PSG.

Alan Pardew will play a second team tonight, although with no travelling being involved for the game, he may play one or two starters, and it looks like Cabaye will start tonight, but we’re not sure how many of our  other first team starters will play tonight.

Bordeaux also have a good manager in Francis Gillot, who took over the club on a two year deal in the summer of last year.

This is what Alan said about the game:

“I don’t think I need to send a message out with my team selection.” “Since we’ve entered this competition, we’ve entered it to win it. I’ve already stated that the Bordeaux game is a significant game in terms of upping the levels.”

“We need to put a team out that is going to be good enough to beat Bordeaux.” “Having said that, we’ve got Manchester United coming on Sunday and I need to make sure that the Premier League result is a positive one too.”

“It’s difficult when I’ve got a small pool of defenders, on one part, to produce a team that can play at maximum for two levels. Because that is what we have to do – we will not beat Bordeaux, we will not beat Manchester United unless we’re at maximum.”

And Ben Arfa is now available to play in the Europa League after serving a three game suspension he picked up in March of 2010 when at Marseilles, so we suppose there’s a possibility he could start tonight.

We’re mulling over what the team may be, but we think Rob Elliot will start in goal and youngsters like Gael Bigirimana and James Tavernier are likely to get a start too, and Danny Simpson is now available for the game too.

What do you think the side will be tonight.

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12 comments so far

  • BarcelonaMag

    Oct 4, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #1

    I see Ben Arfa is a time traveler. He picked up a ban in 2019! It’s good, though, as it means that he already knows tonight’s result.

  • BigKirky

    Oct 4, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    I hope Derek and Mike are realising about the small pool of players and see that a small raise in transfer fee will outweigh the negatives of an exit from a cup competition. Although I do agree that if a fee and terms have been sorted then Lille move the goalposts, in principle that should not be stood for. Fullback and centre half are glaring now. Good that Simpson is returning though.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Oct 4, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    can’t wait for the match btw all Indian nufc supporters match is live on ten sports and starts at 12-30 am IST

  • Colo-Sus

    Oct 4, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    My team for tonight and reasons :


    Ben Arfa

    Obertan and Marv:

    Althought they have been as useful as a c**k flavoured Lollypop this season, against French opposition and at Home, its a chance for them to play at hopefully a lower tempo, and gain some confidence. I think Marv has alot to offer but he needs to show some desire for me. He clearly has technical ability.

    Simo: Needs mins under belt, give him an hour then off for Ferguson, Tav to RB.

    Cisse: Needs to score again simples

    Cabaye: Give an hour swap with Gosling/Vuckic

    Ben Arfa: Insurance policy in case we are getting bashed.

    Hope you are all well. Been reading the comments/Banter, Just CBA to comment haha

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 4, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Will be interesting to how Pardew goes about this game; both selection-wise and tactically 🙂

    I am pretty sure he wishes he had signed another CB now – for whatever reason we didn’t lets hope we have seen our worse injury scare this season.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 4, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Colo-Sus…good to see you mate, thought we had losr you or something!

    …shouldn’t it read CBB (couldn’t be bothered) instead of CBA ;D lol

  • Pushy Pardew

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    I posted on previous in response to your 74. Good post .

  • Colo-Sus

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #8


    I was actually saying Couldnt be Arfa’d 😉

  • Jesus1983

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Harper, Simpson, Williamson, Perch, Ferguson, Obertan, Cabaye, Anita, Marveaux, Shola, Cisse

    Reckon we will see a stronger side tonight – Bordeaux are a good side plus we don’t have to travel. Praying that Coloccini and Saylor are available for United….they are crucial!

    We really miss Krul’s presence…hope he is not far off to!!

  • Szarka

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #10

    I hate this talk: We want to win, we go for cups etc…
    Its a lie, we play second team in EL and cups, all go for is the league.

  • Lynxie

    Oct 4, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Shola to start tonight for me, get him some minutes under his belt in time for the mauling of the unwashed in two weeks time.
    My team:


  • Lynxie

    Oct 4, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Changed me mind. Sammy in for Jonas.. thats a good enough team


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