Pardew – It Would Be Massive To Beat Anzhi Makhachkala

Newcastle are 6 points above the drop zone in the Premier League, but are still in the Europa League last 16, and we take on Anzhi Makhachkala in Moscow tomorrow night, even though Makhachkala is 1115 miles way.

alan pardew in Ukraine

Alan Pardew – in the Ukraine two weeks ago

UEFA have determined that Anzhi must play all their European games in Moscow and not at their 15,200-seat Dynamo Stadium in Makhachkala, and it’s because of security concerns of playing at the club’s Dagestan home, and the club also trains in Moscow.

It’s an artificial surface at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium,  and that in itself will be a test of Newcastle’s players.

Alan Pardew does not underestimate the opposition tomorrow:

“It would be massive if we could beat this team because they are a really strong side. It’s really now down to 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, so there’s now a real focus on that competition.”

Since the five new Frenchmen arrived in Newcastle have played 7 games in total, and have four wins and only two defeats – including the unlucky 1-0 defeat at Swansea last Saturday, but this is one of the new team’s biggest tests.

And Alan Pardew is not worrying too much about relegation, although we are not out of the woods yet, but the Newcastle manager has a chance to go up against one of the best managers of recent decades in Guus Hiddink, who briefly managed Chelsea and was the recent manager of the Russian National side.

Former Barcelona star Samuel Eto’o is their captain and top scorer and former Chelsea, Arsenal, Portsmouth and Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra is at the Russian club.

It’s a tough test for Newcastle, but if we can play somewhere near our best, we could surprise a lot of people in Moscow tomorrow night.

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2 comments so far

  • Salaam

    Mar 6, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #1

    I think we can beat Anzhi for sure but I dont like the fact it will be on an artificial surface we’ll have to get our away goals on for the 1st leg. I think this will suit Anzhi as they are used to playing there.

    Hope we unleash Ben Arfa on them!

  • wynsleap

    Mar 6, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Jonas is being quoted elsewhere as saying The Toon’s prime objective is to keep a clean sheet.
    I think he is wrong and what is really needed first and foremost is an away goal and we should be going all out for that.
    Even at 3-1 going into the second leg the tie is winnable as away goals are vital.
    We can’t go there just sitting tight at the back for most of the game and trying to hold them defensively.
    A vital goal (or two!) over in Russia even if they score two or three could win us this tie and I do think we are capable of that.


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