With the threat of relegation rapidly receding at Newcastle, and the squad showing it’s now good enough to take on two games in four days and win both of them – as we have just accomplished against Metalist Kharkiv and Southampton with essentially different starting line-ups – Alan Pardew can now go all out for Europa League glory this season, while continuing to make good progress moving up the Premier League table.
Alan Pardew – now has squad to attack Premier League and Europa League – this season
Newcastle’s starting line-up on Sunday saw seven changes from the side that had started in the Ukraine, and Newcastle gave very good performances in both those games, and the team’s confidence levels are now very high.
We are in the round of the last 16 in the Europa League and there’s no reason with two good performances that we cannot beat FC Anzhi Makhachkala, to go through to the quarter finals of the Europa League – and then it’s all up for grabs.
Alan Pardew said he has always tried to do well in Europe:
“I’ve tried to attack the Europa League.” “Obviously, I’ve got to change personnel, but we’ve now got the quality and depth to do it.” “Danny Simpson and Mathieu Debuchy – you couldn’t ask for two better full-back performances last week. We’ve got that option.”
“We didn’t have the strength we’ve had on the bench.” “Perchie’s come on and looked controlled and shored us up against Southampton” “You’ve got the quality of Anita coming onto the pitch – it makes a big difference.”
We don’t want to get too carried away, but our performances in the six games we have played since the five Frenchmen arrived on Tyneside – four wins, our first two away wins of the season, beating European Champions Chelsea and moving through to the last 16 in the Europa league – must give Newcastle fans some sense that we can do very well by the end of May.
How well is not clear at the moment.
But notice, we didn’t even mention that we can win the Europa League.
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