Newcastle manager Alan Pardew certainly seems positive about tomorrow night’s Europa League tie with Metalist Kharkiv of the Ukraine, and Pardew has even said Newcastle could have European competition next season – but that has to be a long shot now – surely.
Alan Pardew – will field strong side tomorrow night
Alan Pardew was joined by goalkeeper Tim Krul for the press conference this afternoon for the game tomorrow night, and it seems that Tim will start that game in goal.
Alan Pardew was emphatic that he will field a very strong side tomorrow night – now that we have a much stronger squad:
“We want to attack this competition. The team will be the strongest it can be.” “The two wins recently in the league has given us a bit of breathing space.”
“We got there in the end by signing in January which has given us a platform and a squad which is so much bigger, whereas before we didn’t have that luxury. We can enter this competition with a strong hand.”
“If you think I took my eye off the competition before Christmas, I didn’t. I was just trying to get through the group and make sure we had the strongest team for the league because we had such injury problems.”
“I am sure we could have won the group but for that.” “I’ve been bit unfortunate with injuries in cups, but not this time.” “There a renewed vigour in the squad with the new players and today was one of the coldest days in the North East I have experienced and it got everyone a bit lively in training.”
“We are going up a level in opposition – Metalist are bit stronger than Bordeaux and this is a huge test for us.” “Ten South American players start, that’s the team we envisage – real high technical quality and real high quality players. We need to be focused. “
“Any slip of concentration, like at Tottenham in Saturday’s defeat will be costly.” There is no reason we can’t gain European football next year – that is how confident we feel about the group. It is about making sure our end of season is very strong.”
Metalist won their group in the Europa League and it included Bayer Leverkusen, the strong Bundesliga side, and Metalist won four games and drew one – but they have been on a winter break since the beginning of December, so we wonder how match fit they are.
Metalist Kharkov also have a lot of South American players in their squad, and they may be able to give Newcastle a big test tomorrow night with their undoubted skillful play.
It’s clear that new signing Yanga-Mbiwa will make his first start for Newcastle, and he may even be starting at right back, rather than in his usual center-back role, since Mathieu Debuchy has not been included in the Europa League squad.
It should be a good game to watch tomorrow night.
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