The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has come out today and said he thinks the odds are stacked against Premier League sides in Europe, simply because of the grueling and difficult games they have to play in England every weekend, which is not the same in other European leagues.
Alan Pardew – hard for England sides to do well in Europe
This has been a reason we are told that England don’t do well in their major competitions, because the players are exhausted after a long hard season in England, but we have to be careful that this doesn’t come over as ane excuse for failing.
England have done poorly in competitions simply because we haven’t been good enough, that’s the truth, and our top players rarely produce their club form on the International stage.
Newcastle will play Belgian league leaders Brugge tonight at St James’ Park, and it’s a game we will be looking to win.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:
“It’s not right.” “For a Premier League team, it is almost impossible.” “And that’s why I think it favors teams from the other leagues who have less games, and their domestic cup competitions are not so strenuous as ours either.
“It is a tough competition for Premier League teams.” “It has had an effect on our league form and you can’t get away from that. The impact is massive.”
“We haven’t made a big deal about it but we know in-house the effects it is having, and we are trying to combat those effects.”
“I don’t want to have to go to Bordeaux needing to win.” We’ve got Brugge at home tonight and then we play in Brugge in the next game in a couple of weeks’ time.
“I’d like to think if we can get two or three points out of these next two games then we will be pretty close to qualifying.” “Then we’ve got Maritimo, so you’d like to think that there is a good chance we can do it.”
“What we can’t afford to do is take only one point from these next two fixtures against Brugge.”
Newcastle currently lead Group D on four points, and all being well we should be able to advance from the group stages with the first two teams going through.
Brugge may be top of the Belgian league at the moment, but they were beaten 4-1 over the weekend, and we expect a strong Newcastle side tonight can get the 3 points, and we’ll be disappointed if that’s not the case.
Maybe Newcastle can show other English clubs this season how to win a European competition – wouldn’t that be something.
Howay The Lads!!
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