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.
Comments very welcome.
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