Guus Hiddink thinks Newcastle have improved their side in January, and he calls Newcastle a good side who play modern football, and he knows we have some good players, like French Internationals Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko.
Guus Hiddink – joined Anzhi in February of last year
The 65 year-old Dutch coach was hired by Anzhi in February of last year, after a brief spell managing the Turkish National side, and he had this to say about Newcastle today:
“It will be very interesting to see how we compare to a side from one of the top leagues in Europe.” “Newcastle did not start the season well, but they have improved a lot in recent weeks.”
“They are a strong team that play modern football. They have powerful and skilful players in every position, such as Moussa Sissoko.”
“Their players are used to not playing in Makhachkala.” “We got a good crowd for our last game – even though the Luzhniki is a huge stadium we could feel the crowd behind us.”
“The club is growing. Our academy has started up and soon we will start to play at our new stadium in the Russian league.” “We do not just spend money on players, as some believe, but we are developing the infrastructure.”
Anzhi are bankrolled by Russian Billionaire Suleiman Kerimov, who is worth around £5B, and the club seem to have spent enormous amounts of money on players in recent years – as have other top Russian clubs like Rubin Kazan, as well as clubs in England like Manchester City, Chelsea and QPR – even though they are still bottom of the Premier League.
Newcastle probably have one of the best returns for the money they have spent in the transfer market, over the last two or three years, and the Tyneside club have brought in some excellent players like Cheick Tiote, Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Davide Santon, Papiss Cisse, Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa and Yoan Gouffran – nine top players all for around £38M.
That’s very good value for money.
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