Guus Hiddink, the Anzhi Makhachkala manager and former interim manager at Chelsea, has come out today and told Sky Sports that Newcastle are now a strong team – and that he saw replays of the the game against Swansea – and to use Hiddink’s own words – Newcastle were dominating, dominating, dominating at Swansea and only lost to a very unlucky goal.
“We are going to have another very interesting and very tough contest against a team who reinforced themselves in the past weeks dramatically in a positive way.” “It’s a strong team.”
“We have seen them in their contests in Europe, but also we have seen them in the games they have recently played in the Premier League.” “When you see the last game against Swansea, they were dominating, dominating, dominating and they got a very unlucky goal in the last part of the game against them. But you could see it’s a modern team, so it’s a big challenge for our players.”
“In my opinion, Newcastle are a stronger team, first of all because they play in the English Premier League, which looks to be a stronger competition than the Bundesliga.” “Also, they have recently had a good improvement in their results and they have made a good upturn in the table, and also they have high-quality national team players in their line-up.”
“But we will be looking to play our own game. We also have some high-quality players in our team.” “Regarding ourselves, we are very happy, of course, that we have reached our aim that we set at the beginning of the season, to survive the winter-time in Europe,” he added.
“Then we got a good result against Hannover in the two games and then you are in the last 16 in Europe, which is a very good success.” “But having got there, we are so eager to see what we can do to make the next step, and it’s also good to see how our team is in comparison with teams who have the experience already of playing for many years in a tough league, plus sometimes Europe.”
So if anybody didn’t think Newcastle deserved to win against Swansea, it seems that Hiddink certainly did, and he saw the power of Newcastle United in that second half – when we really should have scored at least a couple of goals.
Oh well – it’s water under the Tyne Bridge now.
It will be a tough game tomorrow night, but there you have it – Guus Hiddink thinks Newcastle now have a strong team – after our five great Frenchmen came into the club in January.
Howay The Lads!!