It was a long five hour air flight to the Ukraine yesterday and it seems the reporters on the flight took the opportunity to interview a number of our players during that time.
Yohan Cabaye – focused on game
It seems obvious now that Alan Pardew will play a very strong side tonight against Metalist Kharkiv, in an attempt to get through to the round of the last 16.
And a win or a score draw will do exactly that, but it will not be easy, and our lads will need to be at the top of their form to do it.
This is what Yohan Cabaye said when interviewed by both the Daily Mirror and the Newcastle Journal:
“It was good to see new French players coming to Newcastle. I was happy. The club chose French players and I was not worried because I knew the players who came to the club and I knew their qualities.”
“I know they will give us a chance to look up in the league and to play well in the Europa League as well.” “The game is very important for us and the players and the fans.” “We are focused on the game and we all want to go through and to play at the next stage.”
“The Europa League is a big competition and we can play against good teams and get more experience and improve in the Premier League.”
I have to admit that I’m surprised that Alan Pardew is playing such a strong side tonight, since we are hardly clear of the relegation zone yet – but if we can get through tonight then that will bring huge confidence to the squad – but the game I want to win is on Sunday against Southampton – and it has to be a win not a draw.
The worst thing would be if the game tonight has to go to overtime if it ends up 0-0 after 90 minutes – and we lose – but a Newcastle goal (or Metalist goal) can stop that from happening.
I also hope we can get through this tie tonight, and two wins in these two games would be phenomenal.
Howay The Lads!!
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