FC Anzhi Makhachkala are managed by Guus Hiddink, the famous Dutch manager, who has managed 13 different sides, and he was the PSV, Holland, Real Madrid, South Korea, Australia, Russia and Chelsea manager – to name a few – and his current club are the favorites to beat Newcastle in the round of the last 16, and get through to the quarter finals of the Europa League competition.
Yohan Cabaye – Newcastle’s best player and future captain?
Of course Newcastle and Alan Pardew may have something to say about that, and the Magpies manager will put out a strong side in Moscow on Thursday night, but also have his starting side for the home game against Stoke City on Sunday, also worked out.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:
“It would be massive if we could beat this team.” “They are a really strong side.” “It’s really now down to the stage where every team left in that Europa League now is focusing on it probably as their primary objective.”
“I can’t think of too many clubs in it for whom it’s not at the top of their agenda.” “There’s now a real focus on that competition.” “Yohan Cabaye has been the most influential player we have had on return, closely followed by Steven Taylor and Moussa Sissoko.”
“Those three really have lifted the club massively.”
It’s interesting that he’s essentially picked out Newcastle’s top three players of late, and there will not be too much argument from fans with Yohan Cabaye, Steven Taylor and Moussa Sissoko being named.
Moussa Sissoko has made an excellent start to his Newcastle career, and certainly hit the ground running in late January – just as the manager had ordered.
Moussa and the other four French players that signed for us in January have come into the club and settled down very quickly, and all five have put in some excellent performances for the side so far.
And that augers very well for next season – that’s for sure – and Pardew will have a whole pre-season to get them playing in the style he wants for next season.
And of course Yohan Cabaye is Newcastle’s outstanding player once again – and Steven Taylor has been in the best form of his career lately – and we have to keep this lad fit.
And we wonder which will be the first top club to come after Moussa Sissoko, he’s just so good, but if we can keep our best players this summer, we must stand a very good chance of another top six finish next season.
But first of all we have to beat Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday night – with the game kicking off early – at 5:00 pm Newcastle time.
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