Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul accompanied manager Alan Pardew for the press conference on Wednesday afternoon, for tonight’s game against Metalist Khakiv in the round of the last 32 of the Europa League.
Newcastle manager Pardew at the press conference yesterday afternoon
And Tim expressed the party line that the Premier League is the highest priority, although why not give the Europa League a shot – since it’s the only Cup competition we are still left in.
This is some of what Newcastle’s first choice goalkeeper said during the press conference:
“The league is our main aim – it is normal – but Europa League is exciting to be in and it will be great for Newcastle to be in there a long time.” “The new signings are settling in quickly. It was massive boost for everybody to get players of such quality. “
“It is nice to see new faces and it is easier for them with a few French lads here.” “It is a massive game, first the home leg, and we have to be on top of our game straight away.” “Juventus won 3-0 at Celtic on Tuesday and it looks like game over, so we have to be at the races.”
Alan Pardew was upbeat about the strength of Newcastle’s squad during the press conference, and he even thinks if the team picks up a few injuries through the run in to the season, we have enough strength in depth to easily cover – which was not true before January.
So it would be good if we can start wining games in the league and start climbing the league table – but it would also help if we can put together a good Europa League run.
Newcastle now have a very strong squad – compared to what it was at the turn of the year – so there’s no real good reason why we cannot do well in Europe this season – just as long as we start climbing away from the relegation zone in the Premier League.
Howay The Lads!!
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